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From the 
Masonic Library 

Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 

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A. Inv. 

Held in the King Edward Hotel, King Street East 


AD. 1952, A. Inv. 2482 

(Ordered to be read in all chapters and preserved) 




Grand First Principal Z. 


Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on December 25th, 1884. Son of (Major) John 
William Bradshaw of Richmond, Surrey, England and Annie Martin Bradshaw 
of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Married Rose Beatrice Bell of London, England on July 
9th, 1910. One Son, Douglas A. R. Bradshaw, graduate of the Royal Military 
College, now Group Captain in the R.C.A.F., Director of Staff, Defence College, 
Kingston Ont. 

Educated: London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Island of Malta; 
St. Mary Abbot's High School and Pitman's Business College, London, England. 

Began business life in office of the National Cash Register Company, London, 

Military Record: Nearly nine years in the Imperial Army (R.A.S.C.) five 
years on the staff of H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, K.G., etc., as confidential 
military clerk; twelve years in the Permanent Force of Canada, Miltiary Staff 
Clerks and R.C.A.S.C. Under the Director of Supplies and Transport, Ottawa, 
was Officer i/c Overseas Transportation during the first three years of the war, 
1914-1918; District Barrack Officer, M.D. No. 11, Victoria, B.C., M.D. No. 2, 
Toronto, and M.D. No. 1, London, Ont. Retired (Major), 1922. 

At present Deputy Judge and Chief Probation Officer of the London and 
Middlesex Juvenile Court, and a Justice of the Peace. Residence, 655 Waterloo 
Street, London, Ont. 

Holds Bronze Medal of the Royal Canadian Humane Association for saving 
three people from drowning in the Ottawa River, August, 1916. For same event 
received the Silver Medal of the Ottawa Humane Society. 

Masonic Record: Life Member of Dalhousie Lodge, No. 52 Ottawa; Past 
Master of Acacia Lodge, No. 580, London, Ontario; Past Principal of London 
Chapter, No. 150, Royal Arch; and Past Grand Principal Sojourner; Annointed 
and solemnly consecrated to the Order of the High Priesthood. Past Thrice 
Illustrious Master of Enoch Council No. 10, Royal and Select Masters, and Past 
Grand Master for Ontario. Past Grand Commander Noah, Royal Ark Mariners. 
Past Most Puissant Sovereign of Huron Conclave, No. 2, of the Masonic and 
Military Order of Knights of Constantine, Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and 
Knights of St. John the Evangelist a Knight Grand Cross of this order; and 
Past Grand Sovereign Kt. Templar in Richard Coeur de Lion No. 4 Preceptory, 
London, Ont. Past Thrice Puissant Grand Master of the London Lodge 
of Perfection, and Past Most Wise Sovereign of the London Rose Croix Chapter 
of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; and a Thirty Second (32nd) Degree 
Mason of that Rite, Noble in Mocka Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., London, Ont. 
Member of the London District Past Masters' Association and Past President of 
the Past Principal's Association of the London District. 

Also is a Charter Member and Past President of the London Optimist 
International Service Club. Past President of the St. George's Society of London. 

Is an active member of the Church of England, being a Lay Reader of 
St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario, as well as being a member of the Cathedral 
Choir for twenty nine years. 

London, Ontario 

April 30, 1952 



Most Excellent Grand Z 

- 1952 - 



NOVEMBER, A.D. 1951 A. INV. 2481. 


M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z. ) r , 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailey Stothers Acting Grand H. V Council 

R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman Acting Grand J J 

R. Ex. Comp. E. R. McNeill Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh Grand Scribe N. 

V. Ex. Comp. A. C. Folmer Grand Principal Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Black Grand Senior Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. H. D. Sherrin Grand Junior Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Macgillwray Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Teasell Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. S. McLean Grand Supt. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Marshall Grand Organist 

Ex. Comp. H. Lawes Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Bob Mitchell R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Loosemore 

R. Ex. Comp. D. W. Duncan V. Ex. Comp. H. E. Abell 

V. Ex. Comp. Geo. Tinney V. Ex. Comp. E. L. Treitz 
V. Ex. Comp. R. E. Bond Ex. Comp. W. J. Southcombe 

Ex. Comp. L. A. Steels Ex. Comp. L. A. Mcllwraith 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.50 p.m. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Royal 
Arch Masons of Inwood, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.55 p.m. 


Grand Scribe E. 




AND 24th, 1952. 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand J. 


Most Ex. Comps. Reginald V. E. Conover, Frederick W. Dean, C. M. Pitts, 
Roderick B. Dargavel. 

R. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring Foreman Crothers Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Samuel Scott Grand Scribe N. 

R Ex. Comp. Walter J. Brackner Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie J. Colling Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

V. Ex. Comp. William J. Black Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. S. Fred Hutchinson Grand Master 2nd Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles William Mcintosh Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. George Henry Finn Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank Joseph Armstrong St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh (acting) London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Leland Mansfield Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. David Albert Cox Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. K. Murray MacLennan Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Orland Merritt Krick Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Pickles Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Perlman Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Percival Eagles Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Hamilton Olley Taylor Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Thomas Nayler Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Lawrence Noble Armstrong St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Troy Wood Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Ryder Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. James George Maroosis New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Wills Temiskaming District No. 16 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the Ninety-Fourth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in Ample 
Form at ten o'clock a.m. 

The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. C. W. Mcintosh. 


The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec 
Most Ex. Comp. A. M. Baird, Grand Z. 
R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Pickering, Grand Scribe E. 


The Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Connecticut 
Most Ex. Comp. Bliss W. Clark, P.G.H.P. & Grand Secretary. 


Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts 

Most Ex. Comp. Alexander Campbell, G.H.P. 


Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan 
Most Ex. Comp. Paul F. Becker, G.H.P. 
Most Ex. Comp. Roy Andrus, P.G.H.P and Grand Secretary 
Most Ex Comp. Arthur M. Burke, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons State of New Hampshire 
Most Ex. Comp. Charles H. Barnard, G.H.P. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch Masons 
Most Ex. Comp. E. M. Henderson, Grand High Priest 
R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Charles D. Broughton, Grand Chaplain 
of the State of New York, also General Grand Chaplain of the 
General Grand Chapter of R.A.M. 

R. Ex. Comp. Cliff A. McDonald, Our Representative near the 
State of New York. 



Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio 
Most Ex. Comp. G. P. Trostel, Grand High Priest 
Most Ex. Comp. Henry Gruen, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary 
Most Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, P.G.H.P. 
Most Ex. Comp. Franz K. Hall, P.G.H.P. 


The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania 

Most Ex. Comp. Arthur L. Miller, P.G.H.P. and Our Represent- 
ative near the State of Pennsylvania. 
Most Ex. Comp. John F. Kitselman^ P.G.H.P. and GR. Secy. 


Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia 

Most Ex. Comp. Convass B. Dean, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert F. Janes, General Grand High Priest 


Most 111. Comp. J. Howard Coleman, Grand Master and a 
Member of our Grand Executive. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. S. H. Cree, President 

Most Em. Sir Knight and R. Ex. Comp. A. B. Barr, 
Past Grand Master 


Most Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. Nelson C. Hart, Grand Master 
Rt. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary. 
The Most Excellent the Grand Z gave each Representative an 

individual welcome before they approached the dais Grand Honours 

were then given. 


The Most Excellent the Grand Z., directed that Grand Chapter 
be "Called Off" to permit, His Worship the Mayor of the City of 
Toronto, Brother Allan A. Lamport to address and extend a Civic 
Welcome to our Guest and Companions. 

His Worship the Mayor of Toronto was presented by the 
Director of Ceremonies and welcomed by the Grand First Principal 
and invited to the dais. 

His Worship the Mayor in acknowledging his reception 
welcomed the members of Grand Chapter to the City of 
Toronto. "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than that of wel- 
coming Masons to Toronto." He stated that he was delighted to 
see so many distinguished guests from all parts of Canada and the 
United States, he also stated that when the time was ripe he would 
like to become associated with the Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

The Grand Z. thanked Bro. Allan A. Lamport for his kind 
greeting and interest in Royal Arch Masonry, and permitted him 
to retire under the escort ol the D. of C. 


Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, announced:— 
"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly 
vouched for, will be made welcome during the Convocation." 

The delegates joined in singing the Hymn— 


The Grand Chaplain, V. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring F. Crothers, 
offered the Invocation: 

Followed by a Prayer 

O, Father of all, we humbly beseech Thee to guide the deliber- 
ations of this Convocation assembled. May we be conscious of Thee 
in all our words and works, and whatsoever we do may it be to the 
extension of Thy Kingdom and the welfare of our fellow men. 
Protect all those who are serving our Nation in the armed forces; 
give to all Nations a greater sense of Thee that peace may be re- 
stored. Renew our minds to know Thy perfect Will, and keep us, 
O God of Grace, ever in Thy presence. Amen. 


Our Father Who art in Heaven Hallowed be Thy name. Thy 
Kingdom come, Thy will be done upon earth as it is in Heaven. Give 
us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we for- 
give them that trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and 
the Glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

The delegates then joined in singing the National Anthem: 




One minute silence was then observed. 


The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw re- 
quested the Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. C. W. 
Mcintosh to present the living Past Grand Zs. The following were 

M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941. 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948. 

M. Ex Comp. Clarence McL. Pitts, Grand Z., 1949-1950. 

Most Ex. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw extended a very warm 
and kindly welcome to the Past Grand Zs after which Grand Hon- 
ours were accorded. 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

On behalf of the Excellent First Principals, Officers, and Com- 
panions of the twenty-six Chapters comprising the two Toronto 
Districts, numbers 8 and 8A, a happy privilege is ours in extending 
to you a very sincere welcome, and fraternal greetings at this ninety- 
fourth Convocation of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 

To our distinguished guests from Sister Grand Jurisdictions in 
Canada and the United States, including the representatives from 
other Masonic bodies, we extend the same fraternal felicitations. 

This being the third consecutive Grand Chapter Convocation 
in Toronto, no doubt you will find very little change in the appear- 
ance of our City in general, but in our craft lodges and Royal Arch 


Chapters, you will find that we are making very satisfactory pro- 
gress, and hope to continue doing so as the years pass. 

To you Most Excellent Sir, we can only reiterate sentiments 
expressed to you since your elevation to the high office you now 

Since then it has become more and more apparent that you 
have, by your splendid leadership during your year of office, guided 
the craft to a safe and happy anchorage, the Toronto jurisdictions 
have many happy recollections of your visits, and are looking for- 
ward in the coming year to many more such visits with you. 

To all members of Grand Chapter, Past and Present, and those 
who will assume new responsibilities, we express to you our sincere 
thanks for all you have accomplished in the interests of our Royal 

We are deeply cognizant that matters of great import will 
engage your attention, but we have every confidence of Royal Arch 
Masonry, and we pray that the Great Jehovah will guide you in your 
deliberations, and that Peace and Harmony will prevail. 

Signed on behalf of the Royal Arch Masons of Toronto Districts 
Number 8 and 8A, this twenty-third day of April Anno Inventionis 
2482, Anno Domini 1952. 

ARTHUR PICKLES-Grand Superintendent 
ERNEST PICKLES-District Secretary 
HENRY EDWIN HODGINS-St. Andrew and St. John 
ARTHUR M. OTIS-King Solomons 
RICHARD L. CARR-The St. Patricks 
E. A. WOODLAND-St. Albans 

SAMUEL PERLMAN-Grand Superintendent 
SAMUEL ABRAMS-District Secretary 
S. J. SWORD— Mount Sinai 
G. J. STEWART-Mimico 


A. E. SHARPE-Lebanon 

LES POTTER-Port Credit 

D. S. MONCRIEFF-The St. Clair 

WM. D. HARRISON-King Cyrus 


CLARE HOWES-Toronto - Antiquity 

JOE BENSON-Shekinah 


R. H. TAYLOR-Humber 

Most Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw acknowledged the 
welcome from the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A and assured the Sup- 
erintendents that he appreciated their efforts and contribution to 
Royal Arch Masonry in their Districts. 

The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the 
Proceedings of the Ninety-Third Annual Convocation, held in the 
City of Toronto, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. 
Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved— "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, held 
Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26, 1951, have been printed and copies 
thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the recorded Minutes be 
considered as read, and the same is now confirmed." 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation be chang- 
ed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 

Resolution of Sympathy and Loyalty to her Majesty the Queen 

Most Ex. Sir and Companions: — 

Rarely in the history of the world has the death of a personage 
so profoundly affected all peoples as that caused by the sudden 
demise of our Sovereign Lord, King George VI, Past First Grand 
Principal of the Supreme Grand and Royal Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons in England. 

Naturally his devoted and loyal subjects in this great Common- 
wealth of Nations were grieved and shocked by the sudden and 
untimely demise of their beloved Monarch. The peoples of the 
free nations of the world with one accord were lavish in their 
expressions of sympathy. In the great Republic of the United States 
of America the tragic news The King is dead brought a sense of 
sorrow and loss to all. It is noteworthy that the phrase used was 
not King George of Britain or the English King but The King was 
the expression used by individuals, radio announcers and the press 


to spread the sad tidings. Rarely has the life of an individual 
impressed its character on such a large section of humanity. The 
influence of this quiet retiring sedate British Gentleman, was im- 
pressed not only on the peoples of his own nations but on the 
world at large. 

King George the VI brought a new concept of kingship to a 
jaded and apathetic world. Wracked by pain and disease he did 
not falter in the discharge of those monotonous and fatiguing duties 
incumbent upon his high office. Unshaken and unswerving in his 
purpose he shared with his people, all the discomforts privations and 
dangers of the last World War. Denied the privilege of a sailor or 
airman to serve actively in the field, he performed with fidelty the 
necessary tasks to his hand. 

As a Mason he shewed in his personal life and conduct that 
Masonry is a way of life. As a husband and father he maintained 
the attitude of a Christian gentleman. Without taint of maudlin 
sentimentality his people united in paying this tribute "He was a 
good man" and conferred this highest of titles George the Good. 

In 1939 on one of the darkest Christmases in the history of 
Great Britain, in his message of unflagging confidence in the inte- 
grity of his people, he quoted "/ said to the man who stood at the 
gate of the year, Give me a light that I may tread safely into the 
unknown and he replied, Go out into the darkness and put your 
hand into the hand of God." 

On February 6th last, our Temporal Sovereign Lord, George 
the Good, passed through the gate and placed his hand into the 
hand of God. Most Excellent Sir, it is a privilege and a prized 
honour to introduce the following resolution,— 

Be it resolved that 

A humble address be presented to Her Majesty The Queen in 
the following words: — 

To the Queen's Most Gracious Majesty 

Most Gracious Sovereign— 

Your Majesty's humble, devoted and loyal Subjects, THE 
ARCH MASONS of CANADA, assembled in annual convocation in 
the first year of your reign, in this your city of TORONTO, re- 
spectfully desire to express our very deep sympathy to Your Most 
Gracious Majesty, to The Queen Mother, to the Princess Margaret, 


to Her Majesty Queen Mary and all the members of the Royal 
Family in the loss you have sustained by the death of Our late 
Sovereign Lord, King George the VI th, your Majesty's beloved 

Your Majesty's sorrow, that of the Queen Mother and the 
Royal Family is shared particularly by the members of the ROYAL 
CRAFT in this GRAND JURISDICTION His Late Majesty King 
George the Vlth, exemplified in every act and deed the highest 
principles and tenets of the ROYAL CRAFT. His High Courage, 
His unswerving devotion to duty. His example as a ROYAL ARCH 
MASON a husband and father marked with distinction his all 
too brief Reign. 

His concern for the welfare not only of the members of the 
ROYAL CRAFT but of those others He ruled, endeared His Royal 
Person, to all ROYAL ARCH MASONS, throughout the four divi- 
sions of the globe and more particularly to His loyal and loving 
subjects, the ROYAL ARCH MASONS of this GRAND 

May it please your Most Gracious Majesty to accept this our 
proud pledge of allegiance, loyal obedience and love, to you, Our 
Gracious Sovereigin Liege Lady, to His Royal Highness Prince 
Charles, Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne, to your Husband 
His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh and all members 
of the Royal Family. 

It is our heartfelt desire and determination to support and 
maintain your Majesty to the utmost of our strength and 
ability We humbly pray the GREAT ARCHITECT of 
the UNIVERSE will endow your humble and obedient 
servants with the wisdom and strength so to do. 

Dated at Toronto in the Province of Ontario this 23rd day of 
April A.L 2482— A.D. 1952 and in the first year of the Reign of 
Elizabeth II Regina of the Realm of Canada. 

Signed A. G. N. Bradshaw, 
Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Attest: Fred J. Johnson, Grand Scribe E. 

and be it further resolved that this address suitably embellished 


and engrossed be forwarded for transmission to Her Most Gracious 
Majesty through the office of the Secretary of State for the Realm 
of Canada. 


The Companions joined in singing of "Abide With Me." 

Prayer by the Grand Chaplain, V. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring F. Crothers. 
In the way of righteousness is Life; and in the pathway thereof there is no 
death. Proverbs Chapt. 12 Vs 28. 

Ahnight Father in whose hands are the issues of life and death we re- 
member before Thee all those who have passed to the life unseen since our 
last Convocation. May Thy love overshadow them and in that larger life find 
in Thee their eternal peace. May their influence and the memory left behind 
be as footprints to guide and inspire us in our resolve to do the right, that 
we may play our full part in the advancement of Thy Glory, so that when we 
are called from labour here we too may leave behind us a fragrant memory for 
the inspiration of others. Amen. 

Hymn— "The King of Love My Shepherd is." 

Solo by Comp. Fred. Wratten. 

The Grand Z., thanked M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover for his 
splendid effort in preparing the foregoing Resolution. 


R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, Chairman of the Credentials 
Committee, reported that there are 155 Warranted Chapters on the 
Roll of Grand Chapter, of which 136 Chapters were represented 
by the following: — 

No. 1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston 

J. L. Orme, Z; R. S. Walker, H.; L. N. Armstrong, H. J. Milne, P.Z's 
No. 2 The Hiram, Hamilton 

W. A. Wilton, Z.; J. C. Lcith, P.Z. 
No. 3 St. John's, London 

J. W. Gough, Z.; E. W. Hall, Wm. E. Bradt, P.Z's. 
No. 4 St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto 

H. E. Hodgins, Z.; C. F. Tye, H.; V. L. Mutton, L. G. Jackson, W. F. 

Eccles, A. A. Kitchen, Robert McElhinney, G. Sheppard, P.Z's. 
No. 5 St. George's, London 

R. W. Norris, Z.; A. W. Ayre, H.; W. B. Stothers, A. Cavanagh, H. 

E. Abell, P.Z's. 
No 6 St. John's, Hamilton 

C. S. King, J.; J. E. Grady, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 7 The Moira, Belleville 

W. J. Batchelor, Z.; E. C. Wood, P.Z. 
No. 8 King Solomon's, Toronto 

A. Otis, Z.; W. Holywell, H.; F. Holliday, J.; S. J. Hutchinson, D. L. 

Munroe, W. Kewn, John Stephen, E. M. Woolcock, F. J. Johnson, A. 

L. Tinker, A. Carwithem, J. C. De La Rosa, W. H. Hoare, W. H. King. 

No. 15 Wawanosh, Sarnia 

G. A. Hilson, Z. 












No. 16 Carlelon, Ottawa 

R. J. Axell, Z.; L. F. Crothers, E. J. McCleery, F. McDairmid, P.Z.'s. 
No. 18 Oxford, Woodstock 

T. Allison, Z.; A. Wishart, F. H. Bond, A. A. House, W. J. Ratz, J. 
Hibner, P.Z's. 
No. 19 Mount Moriah, St. Catharines 

C. P. Porter, P.Z. (Proxy) ; J. P. Hudson, A. E. Coombs, P.Z's. 
No. 20 Mount Horeb, Brantford 

J. A. Malcolm, Z.; C. J. Sharpe, H. H. Clark, S. Valentin, A. MacGregor, 
No. 22 Grenville, Prescott 

J. A. Payton, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 23 Ezra, Simcoe 

P. Hilson, H.; F. M. Reid, H. A. Johnson, W. Johnston, J. Anguish, 
W. Bradfield, P.Z's. 

Tecumseh, Stratford 
P. Riches, Z.; R. Davies, C. R. Swatridge, G. Emsley, P.Z's. 

St. Mark's, Trenton 
H. Burke, P.Z. (Proxy) ; N. M. Sprague, P.Z. 

Manitou, Collingwood 
M. A. Jones, Z.; J. E. Hughes, J.; G. H. Finn 

Pentalpha, Oshawa 
H. H. Tompkin, H.; D. Ross, N. W. Purdy, H. O. Flintoff, P.Z's. 
McCallum, Dunnville 

F. R. Martin, H.; T. Camelford, A. M. Krick, C. I. Lundy, J. N. Allan, 
W. A. Farr, A. W. Dayman, W. M. Gray, W. J. Griffith, E. C. Mc- 
Cullagh, P.Z's. 

No. 31 Prince Edward, Picton 

A. Hicks, Z.; D. Thompson, H.; E. R. Hodgson, W. T. Havery, G. E. 

Mason, W. C. Hicks, P.Z's 
No. 32 Waterloo, Gait 

G. Johnson, Z.; J. C. McHoul, H.; F. C. Ackert, H. R. Baer, T. Forrester, 
F. R. Lawrence, P.Z's. 

No. 34 Signet, Barrie 

A. G. Bowie, P.Z. (Proxy) ; H. E. McCullough, O. D. Williams, P.Z's. 
No. 35 Keystone, Whitby 

F. Ing, Z.; J. N. R. Thomas, H.; R. Conibear, J.; C. A. Freeman, W. 
Davidson, R. McNee, H. L. Pringle, A. E. Kearney, P.Z's. 
No. 36 Corinthian, Peterborough 

H. E. Hewitt, Z.; A. Watkins, J.; J. E. Girven, D. D. Brown, C. V. 
Elliott, F. G. Mann, R. S. Cotton, S. O. Shields, D. T. Crawford, E. 
N. Edmondson, P.Z's. 

Victoria, Port Hope 
S. N. Haskill, G. N. Taylor, H. Inch, P.Z's. 

Guelph, Guelph 
Paul Mercer, Z.; J. F. Robertson, C. E. Morgan, R. M. Finlay, P.Z's. 

Harris, Ingersoll 
Ernest Buck, Z.; L. L. Mansfield, E. A. Webber, B. G. Shelden, A. 
Huntley, P. V. L. Pedolin, P.Z's. 

Mount Sinai, Napanee 
H. H. Langford, Z. 

Excelsior, Colborne 
A. Wolfrain, P.Z. (Proxy) 

St. James, St. Mary's 
Albert Dell, P.Z. 

Wellington, Chatham 
F. Simmonds, Z.; L. H. Veale, P.Z. 
















No. 48 St. John's, Cobourg 

E. W. Niles, Z.; F. L. Searancke, H.; W. S. Cooper, H. O. Taylor, E. 

L. Taylor, E. A. Hircock, A. Bowman, P.Z's. 
No. 53 Bruce, Petrolia 

W. J. K. Balls, Z.; C. M. Muir, J. 
No. 54 Palestine, St. Thomas 

Frank Layfield, H.; Wm. Stokes, P.Z. 
No. 55 Niagara, N iagara-on-the-Lake 

A. B. Nightingale, Z.; A. N. Irvine, E. W. Fields, I. B. Collard, J. B. 
Hostetter, P.Z's. 

No. 56 Georgian, Owen Sound 

R. V. Garbutt, P.Z., (Proxy); C. J. Baxendale, E. L. Vanstone, G. A. 

Garbutt, P.Z's. 
No 59 Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville 

C. H. Riddell, Z. 

No. 61 Granite, Almonte 

E. J. Lee, Z. 

No. 62 York, Toronto 

D. B. Young, H.; E. W. Mealing, W. J. Cook, W. J. Grierson, S. H. 
Tonkin, G. E. Middleton, P.Z's. 

No. 63 Havelock, Kincardine 

J. W. McFadyen, Z. 
No. 64 Willson, Welland 

G. W. Curtis, Z., N. L. Smith, H.; W. Barron, J., L. R. Brennan, C. E. 

Griffin, H. F. Hardy, N. J. Penwarden, T. Baxter, G. K. McBride, P.Z's. 
No. 65 St. Paul's, Toronto 

M. G. Creswick, H.; H. B. Lane, J.; H. G. Robb, T. W. Dawson, C. 

B. Parker, R. P. Sibbald, M S. Gooderham, A. E. Hanna, N. S. Clarke, 

E. W. E. Saunders, C. Kilner, H. R. Jackson, W. Enouy, D. H. Bodding- 
ton, A. J. Smith, G. C. Snell, G. R. McBride P.Z's. 

No. 66 The Malloch, Seaforth 

M. E. Clarke, I. P.Z. (Proxy); J. Bach, P.Z. 
No. 67 Enterprise, Palmerston 

A. McGugan, Z.;; G. H. Thomas, J.; D. A. Cox, H. F. Wismer, J. D. 

Edwards, P.Z's. 
No. 68 Maitland, Kemptville 

G. J. Purcell, Z. 
No. 69 Grimsby, Grimsby 

A. Jarvis, P.Z. 
No. 71 Prince of Wales, Amherstburg 

L. A. Hamilton, Z. 
No. 72 Keystone, Stirling 

G. W. Bailey, J. S. Whitehead, P.Z's. 
No. 75 St. Clair, Milton 

F. Hayward, I.P.Z.; W. Clement, H.; J. E. Hartley, J. A. M. Taylor, 

C. W. Clarke, E. Harrop, J. McKay, P.Z's. 
No. 76 Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls 

F. W. Morcom, Z.; C. H. Sheppard, J. E. Brant, G. E. French, C. 
L. Leys, P.Z's. 

No. 77 Occident, Toronto 

D. Falconer, Z.; E. K. Hogaboom, H.; S. G. Newdick, J. Gilchrist. C. 
Emmett, C. Clayton, R. Falconer, J. A. Prince, S. E. Solley, W. H. 
Shearer, W. F. Damp, Harold Smith, H. P. Hopkinson, James Wood- 
land, A. Varty, P.Z's; E. O. Isard. 

No. 79 Orient, Toronto 

H. L. Ballod, Z.; A. H. Smith, H.; L. L. Querie, W. Scott, J. W. 
Wright, P.Z's. 


No. 80 Ark, Windsor 

E. J. Barchard, Z.; W. E. Tregenza, F. N. Heuchan, P.Z's. 
No. 81 Aylmer, Aylmer 

W. J. Reid, Z.; H. P. Grant, P.Z. 
No. 82 Shuniah, Port Arthur 

T. Bonthron, I.P.Z. 
No. 83 Ionic, Orangeville 

B. T. Parkinson, Z.; R. W. Calver, J.; A. W. Gillespie, G. O. Wain, 

A. H. Woodland, G. M. Thompson, A. W McGillivray, W. J. Price, W. 
M. Curry, A. L. Hartmier, P.Z's. 

No. 84 Lebanon Wingham 

J. McLean, Z.; R. M. MacLennan, T. Burke, P.Z's. 
No. 88 MacNabb, Dresden 

S. Jones, Z. 
No. 91 Toronto- Antiquity , Toronto 

C. Howes, Z.; J. Bailey, H.; D. M. Coghill, J.; A. F. Tannahill, Robert 
Sommerville, D. Calder, S. Manuel, James Silk, H. J. Nelson, A. C. 
Balmer, Paul Pipps, J. Wallace, Arthur Brooks, P.Z's. 

No. 94 Midland Lindsay 

E. Salway, Z.; R. Price, H.; W. C. Blackwell, A. Rettie, George Mc- 

Combe, P.Z's. 
No. 95 Tuscan, Sudbury 

R. Merrilees, Z.; George Grieve, E. T. Querney, C. A. Eby, P.Z's. 
No. 102 Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie 

E. Herst, Z. 

No. 103 St. John's, North Bay 

H. Haley, Z.; J. G. Maroosis, J. H. Stevenson, B. F. Nott, P.Z's. 
No. 104 ' White Oak, Oakville 

Gordon Brown, Z.; C. T. Sherry, H.; W. R. Edwards, John Hadden, 

Stanley Portch, P.Z's. 
No. 110 Warkworth, Warkworth 

J. Sloan Ewing, H. 
No. 112 St. John's, Morrisburg 

Rev. G. O. Davies, Z.; E. Robertson, D. J. Dillabaugh, P.Z's. 
No. 113 Covenant, Cornwall 

John M. Pottie, Z. 
No. 114 Bonnechere, Renfrew 

G. Gordon, P.Z. 
No. 115 Brant, Paris 

H. Telfer, Z.; J. L. Churchill, P.Z. 
No. 116 Maple, Carleton Place 

R. J. Cross, Z.; M. W. Rogers, A. J. Illingworth, R. C. Wilson, J. 

W. Morphy, P.Z's. 
No. 117 Kitchener, Kitchener 

F. Hoodless, Z.; I. R. Marshall, H.; C. Stroh, J.; A. C. Mason, E. Down- 
ing, G. H. Shannon, G. H. Carthy, W. G. Duench, W. J. Leach, W. 
R. Cooper, L. A. Becker, George DeKleinhans, B. M. McNaughton, W. 
J. Stoner, George Buck, F. C. Hewitt, P.Z's. 

No. 119 King Cyrus, Leamington 

B. M. White, Z.; A. S. H. Cree, R. A. Willett, G. Bloomfield, P.Z's. 
No. 130 Chantry , Southampton 

W. H. Gorrell, Z.; C. H. Hauser, O. Stevenson, L. A. Smith, J. A. 

George, C. E. Schwarty, P.Z's. 
No. 131 Amabel, Wiarton 

O. P. Williams, P.Z. 
No. 132 Leeds, Gananoque 

R. G. Kelly, Z. 


No. 133 St. Francis, Smith's Falls 

J. J. Carpener, J. F. Grant, W. E. Bennett, P.Z's. 
No. 135 Succoth, Uxbridge 

John D. Hill, Z.; J. K. Noble, M. Veitch, H. V. Watson, C. S. Feasby, 

No. 138 Sheikinah, Toronto 

Harry Huggins, E. W. Pearson, E. H. Hughes, E. E. Dobson, R. Acker- 
man, W. J. Harris, E. A. Snell, A. W. Cook, P.Z's. 
No. 140 Fort William, Fort William 

F. Ryder, P.Z. 
No. 145 The St. Patrick, Toronto 

R. L. Carr, R. F. Higgins, L. B. Morrison, W. J. Johnston, T. S. West- 

cott, E. E. Reid, J. R. Legecy, M. A. Searle, R. J. Lewis, F. V. Higgin- 

bottom, W. J. Tow, P. W. Rogers, W. R. Ledger, E. A. Colwell, P.Z's. 
No. 146 Bernard, Listowel 

George McDonald, Z.; S. Bartja, A. Dahmer, W. H. Sargent, M. G. 

Beatty, S. Coghlin, N. S. Van Camp, Fraser Hay P.Z's. 
No. 147 Lucknow, Lucknow 

J. W. Stewart, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 149 Atwood, Rainy River 

A. E. MacLean, P.Z. 
No. 150 London, London 

J. Smith, L. A. Steels, G. T. E. Martin, A. G. N. Bradshaw, T. Welch, 

J. W. Plewes, J. W. Carson, P.Z's. 
No. 151 Laurentian Pembroke 

D. Burns, Z.; E. T. Wood, A. R. Fraser, G. B. Schultz, P.Z's. 
No. 153 Sornbra, Wallaceburg 

W. C. Laing, Z.; W. G. Laing, J. A. Lillie, J. Burnett, P.Z's. 
No. 155 Ancaster, Ancaster 

W. E. Dorr, Z.; A. Martin, H. Wood, P.Z's. 
No. 161 Madoc, Madoc 

N. Broad, Z.; R. Dafoe, E. P. Nayler, P.Z's. 
No. 163 The Beaches, Toronto 

J. H. Williamson, Z.; F. Spracklin, L. A. Woolger, A. J. Stringer, T. 

Middleton, T. J. Mason, H. Perkins, J. A. Parrott, W. S. M. Enouy, 

No. 167 Kichikewana, Midland 

A. D. McDonald, Z.; A. N. French, C. P. Eagles, F. D. Harpell ( P.Z's. 
No. 168 Ionic, Campbellford 

J. A. Thain, Z.; J. Meier, H.; T. H. Burgis, E. J. Wilmink, W. H. 

Brady, P.Z's. 
No. 169 Temiskaming, New Liskeard 

J. M. Shouldice, Z.; J. Penman, P.Z. 
No. 175 The Hamilton, Hamilton 

W. J. McGilvery, Z.; F. W. Dean, A. P. L. Goering, W. J. Shaw, P.Z's. 
No. 184 Hugh Murray, Fort Erie N. 

W. Rostron, P.Z. 
No. 195 Peel, Brampton 

H. McClure, Z.; Fred Kline, H.; K. Davidson, J.; R. V. Conover, H. 

Spratt, R. W. Hall, O. T. Walker, P.Z's. 
No. 198 Couchiching, Orillia 

H. W. Gill, Z.; D. C. Patmore, Wm. Russell, P.Z's. 
No. 205 Victoria, Thornhill 

L. C. Lindsay, Z.; H. S. Sparks, P.Z. 
No. 212 Mount Sinai, Toronto 

S. J. Sword, Z.; A. Abrams, H.; A. M. Axler, S. Perlman, P.Z's. 


No. 213 Northern Lights, Timmins 

A. E. Humphries, Z.; F. Wills, P.Z. 
No. 214 Vimy, Inwood 

L. Elliott, P.Z. 
No. 215 Mimico, Mimico 

G. J. Stewart, Z.; T. B. Rogers, A. E. Shelly, PZ's. . . 

No. 217 St. Alban's, Toronto 

E. A. Woodland, Z.; J. Turnbull, H. E. Walker, J. A. Mackie, C. R. 

Kincaid, J. L. House, G. W. McRae, P.Z's. 
No. 218 Prince Edward, Shelburne 

H. Emrick, Z.; W. Newell, H.; W. Pacey, J.; I. Edwards, W. Tipping, 

No. 219 Ulster, Toronto 

J. L. Darge, Z.; G. Sheard, J.; J. L. Hewson, J. Symes, D. S. MacLach- 

lan, W. H. Hiett, H. C. Kesteven, R. A. Boddy, L. J. Colling, R. E. 

Story, J. S. Bremner, P.Z's. 
No. 220 Lebanon Lambton Mills 

A. E. Sharp, Z.; W. A. McKague, J. H. Dicken, W. H. Carr, W. F. 

Leuty, W. M. Creech, J. A. Evans, W. J. Newlove, R. N. Carr, P.Z's. 
No. 221 Durham, Durham 

L. Armstrong, J.; H. McKechnie, P. Ramage, P.Z's. 
No. 222 Ottawa, Ottawa 

A. G. Humphries, Z.; C. W. Mcintosh, C. M. Pitts, H. T. C. Humphries, 

No. 223 Abitibi, Iroquois Falls 

Parker Faler, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 224 Keystone, Hamilton 

W. J. Britton, Z.; W. I. Miller, J.; F. Eastwood, R. Clark, G. T. Lam- 
bert, J. S. Drysdale, P.Z's 
No. 225 Beaver, Toronto 

C. L. Carter, Z.; W. J. Brackner, J. C. Day, J. S. Pickard, F. H. Carter, 

C. E. Woodstcok, Wm. Pendleton, J. F. Winston, A. T. Thorpe, J. 

Alcorn, P.Z's. 
No. 227 Quinte Friendship, Belleville 

Percy Kerr, Z.; J. A. Ireland, J.; M. R. Anderson, B. H. Smith, R. S. 

Adams, P.Z's. 
No. 230 Port Creidt, Port Credit 

R. H. Jamieson, P.Z. (Proxy); W. H. McEachren, J. A. Edwards, P.Z's 
No. 231 The St. Clair, Toronto 

J. W. Woodland, P.Z. (Proxy) ; W. G. Davey, H. L. Martyn, L. A. 

Stiver, W. K. Herd, A. E. Johnson, P.Z's. 
No. 232 King Cyrus, Toronto 

W. D. Harrison, Z.; R. I. Johnston, J.; E. W. Hazard, R. Frick, C. Harris, 

E. H. Stanners, K. N. Carrie, W. Black, A. L. Tinker, P.Z's. 
No. 233 Oakwood, Toronto 

S. Carlisle, Z.; A .Munro, J.; A. Hannah, W. E. Gardner, O. J. Fore- 
man, A. E. Hayward, P.Z's 
No. 235 Aurora, Aurora 

W. Jennings, Z.; T. Newton, H.; C. Bovair, F. Hope, F. Lacey, A. C. 

Welk, R. H. B. Cook, P.Z's. 
No. 236 Caledonia, Caledonia 

C. G. Duns, Z.; C. K. Matteson, J.; H. S. Merrall, E. Burke, F. Brown, 

No. 238 The St. Andrew, London 

R. McMurdo, Z.; J. C. Wilson, W. G. Chapman, W. Hodge, C. B. 

Morton, B. S. Scott, C. Baker, E. W. Mitchell, P.Z's. 


No. 239 Blenheim, Blenheim 

G. Monkhouse, P.Z. (Proxy) ) , L. B. Boyle, P.Z. 
No. 240 Smithville, Smithville 

Sam Magder, P.Z. 
No. 241 University, Toronto 

H. A. Parkes, H.; R. Pollock, J.; H. S. Biggs, W. S. M. Enouy, A. Pickles, 

R. H. Pomeroy, E. Pickles, R. H. Cantelon, Percy Rogers, P.Z's. 
No. 242 St. Paul's, Lambeth 

J. Lawrence, Z.; K. Crinklaw, J.; F. G. Sheppard, P.Z. 
No. 243 McKay, Stoney Creek 

J. H. Lee, E. T. Spera, P.Z's. 
No. 245 Preston, Preston 

A. Jefkins, Z.; G. V. Hilborn, P.Z. 
No. 246 Humber, Weston 

R. H. Taylor, Z.; J. Johnson, H.; A. F. Nesbit, Jr., S. J. Totten, A. F. 

Nisbet, H. J. Rees, D. J. McLean, R. B. Dargavel, P.Z's. 
No. 247 Nilestown, Nilestown 

G. E. Fuller, Z.; H. E. Brown, H.; D. W. Wilkinson, J.; L. J. Gent, 

G. H. Martin, J. S. Johnson, M. L. Lansdell, P.Z's. 
No. 248 Dochert, Arnprior 

G. R. Clarke, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 249 Palestine, Bowmanville 

A. F. McKenzie, Z.; W. H. Gibson, H.; N. A. Wilkins, R. E. Logan, 

No. 250 Thomas Peters, Windsor 

A. H. MacQuarrie, Z.; F. J. Armstrong, F. J. Cowell, P.Z's. 
No. 251 Kirkland, Kirkland Lake 

J. E. Riddell, Z. 
No. 252 Hiawatha, Sarnia 

J. H. Coleman, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 253 Regal, Port Dover 

Oscar Sutor, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 254 Golden Star, Dry den 

Charles Fotheringham, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 255 Tillsonburg, Tillsonburg 

W. L. Young, Z.; R. D. MacDonald, P.Z. 
No. 256 Yukon, Whitehorse, Y.T. 

J. A. M. Taylor, P.Z. (Proxy) 

The following 19 Chapters were not represented: — 
Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich. 
King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, Port Colborne 
Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa 
Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown 
Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy 
Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill 
Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora 
Elliot Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell 
King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington 
Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville 
Presqu'Ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton 
St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill 
Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances 
Klondike Chapter, No. 154, Dawson City 


Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell 
Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth 
Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown 

136 Chapters were represented. 
19 Chapters were not represented. 


There were 599 Registered Delegates, having a total vote of 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

James W. Woodland, Chairman. 

Edward H. Stanners, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland, and- 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Credentials be received 
and adopted. 


The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. 
to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions, 
when they assembled before the Altar. The following Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 


Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

Percy Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

G. T. E. Martin, London Arkansas 

John L. House, Toronto British Columbia 

W. H. Carl McEachern, Toronto California 

Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

Fred J. Johnson, Toronto Dist of Columbia 

Kenneth N. Carrie, Toronto Florida 

Fergus A. McDiarmid, Ottawa Idaho 

A. L. Tinker, Toronto Indiana 

Ben F. Nott, North Bay Iowa 

A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kansas 

Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

W. Bailie Stothers, London Louisiana 

F. V. Higginbottom, Toronto Manitoba 

A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

Fred W. Dean, Hamilton Michigan 




Wm. J. Tow, Toronto Missouri 

E. J. McCleery, Ottawa Montana 

Wm. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

J. W. Plewes, London New Brunswick 

N. M. Sprague, Trenton New Hampshire 

R. B. Dargavel, Toronto New South Wales 

J. A. Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

L. Hewson, Toronto North Dakota 

C. M. Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Ohio 

W. E. Tregenza, Windsor , Oregon 

J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby Quebec 

Alex. McD. Hannah, Toronto Scotland 

D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

Chas. Fotheringham, Perth Tennessee 

Chas. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

Sid. J. Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

M. A. Searle, Toronto Washington 

W. J. Shaw, Hamilton West Australia 

J. W. Woodland, Toronto Wisconsin 

Robert Clark, Hamilton Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw extended a warm welcome 
to the representatives and asked them to keep in contact with their 
respective Grand Chapters and to try and strengthen the fraternal 
bonds of union with our sister jurisdictions. Grand Honors were 
then given to the 39 representatives, presentation was made of com- 
missions to R. Ex. Comp. G. T. E. Martin, as Grand Representative 
near Akansas by M. Ex. the Grand Z.; M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, 
spoke on behalf of all representatives present. 



To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

My Companions: 

Time, which is inexorable, has brought us together again, by 
the Divine will and blessing of our Great Jehovah, to the Ninety- 
fourth annual convocation, in this fair City of Toronto. This 
year has flown with such speed that one begins to realize how short 
a period is man's stay on earth, and so with the passing of many 
years I am brought to the stage when one begins to seriously 
ponder on the many and various problems of life, which rarely, 
or only fleetingly, concern a person when in the heyday of youth, 
although, as Masons, we are instructed to "Remember our Creator 
in the days of our Youth." 

At the outset, it is imperative we extend our thanks to the 
Companions of this Queen City for their ever ready willingness to 
have the Annual Convocation meet here which is an advantage to 
us all. Especially we thank the Principals' Association of the 
Toronto Districts. 

What a joy it is to mingle and greet Companions, with whom 
it is not otherwise possible to fraternize with, because of the great 
distances in our jurisdiction. To all I extend my warmest frater- 
nal greetings, with the hope that our labours will be inspirational 
to our highest sense of duty. 

Our welcome to the Distinguished guests from Sister Juris- 
dictions in this Dominion (or should I say Realm) and those from 
the United States of America, springs from the warmth of our 
hearts. Mere words in themselves only suffice because deep within 
each one of us flows that essence of sincere friendship at the close 
presence of those we love, and so we sincerely hope every guest 
will be fully aware of the warmth of our feelings for each one of 
them present to-day. 


One outstanding personal joy, and I know a pleasure to all, 
is the presence of the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Most 
Worshipful Brother Nelson C. Hart, together with the Grand 
Secretary, Right Worshipful Brother Ewart G. Dixon, Q.C., repre- 
senting Craft Masonry. Most worshipful Brother Hart and I have 
worked together masonically for about 27 years, and I wish to tell 
all companions that the more one is with him, the better one likes 
and esteems him. Let me assure him now of the loyalty and de- 
votion of the Companions of this Grand Jurisdiction and of our 
best wishes for his success. We, also, are delighted to have the 
genial Grand Secretary present. 

It, also, is a pleasure to welcome the official representatives 
of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, of the Sovereign Grand 
Priory of Canada, the Order of High Priesthood, and the Grand 
Council of Royal and Select Masters (Cryptic Rite). They are all 
members of our great Masonic Brotherhood, each branch working in 
its own especial way to the glory of the Fatherhood of God and the 
betterment of mankind. May we go forward together, shoulder 
to shoulder, as is said in the book "The Three Musketeers" "One 
for all and all for one", united, steadfast, enthusiastic, broad- 
minded and sincere, with ranks unbroken by jealousies or 

World conditions to-day are very little different from one year 
ago, peace seems just as uneasy, trembling lest some little un- 
fortunate circumstance should plunge the World into a third 
World war, although we earnestly pray such will not happen. It is 
a doubtful calm, and so we live from day to day with no assurance, 
at present, that common sense and tolerance, based on the love of 
God and our fellowman will prevail and eventually overcome the 
spirit of intolerance, greed, cruelty and craftiness brought about 
by man's disregard for his Creator and his brotherman. 

It has been so often proven that man must not ignore God. 
In His Divine love for us, God gave ten commandments, the first 
of which states "I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have none 
other Gods but Me." My Companions, it is for us to engrave 
that law on our hearts, and then no matter what is to be, we shall 
arise triumphant if we keep and obey that commandment. For 
us, as Masons, such should be, as by keeping that commandment 
we are able to hold fast to those cardinal principles of Brotherly 
love, Relief and Truth. It is for each one of us to show the World 


the true way of love and peace through a dependence on God, by 
erecting within ourselves characteristics that will invoke the ad- 
miration of Mankind and help draw the doubtful and unbelieving 
into the folds of affectionate human relationships. So, no matter 
how dark world conditions may seem, let us go forward in faith, 
remembering those words spoken a few years ago by our late be- 
loved King, viz., 

"Go out into the Darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. 
"That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way." 


This year finds 502 Companions have passed to their great 
reward. Year by year our ranks are depleted through the loss of 
distinguished Companions, with their places being filled, we hope, 
by young, energetic craft Masons eager to advance their Masonic 
knowledge, to round out their career in Masonry, and as a result 
increase their desire to be of further service to their fellowman. 

One great loss has been sustained in the Masonic ranks of this 
great Commonwealth of Nations, and we know that Masons of 
nations outside the Commonwealth were also grieved, in the pass- 
ing of his late Majesty, King George the Vlth of blessed memory, 
who died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 6th, 1952, 
at the early age of 56 years. 

Ascending a throne he neither coveted nor desired, his late 
Majesty elevated the throne through winning the love of his people 
by his gentle understanding of their ways of life. With his gracious 
consort (now the Queen Mother) they brought to the ordinary 
people a closeness of interest and affection unsurpassed by previous 
occupants of the throne. He was the people's King. We loved him, 
he loved us. It brings to my mind the episode when, surrounded 
by his subjects while visiting a newly-bombed-out area in London, 
England, he said to them "You are a great people," and they, from 
their affection for him replied, "You are a great King." During 
the war, in spite of his many burdens, our late King worked at 
nights at a lathe to help increase our production. 

After the end of the last war, in spite of failing strength and 
suffering, his late Majesty faced his responsibilities with the same 
high sense of duty, increasing, if that was possible, his subjects' love 
for him. What an incentive he has been to all Masons. 


Our late King was a promoter of the art, exchanged the sceptre 
for the gavel; patronized our mysteries and joined our assemblies. 
The Volume of the Sacred Law was his Great Light for his daily 
life. He implored God's aid on all his undertakings and looked up 
to his Creator in every emergency for comfort and support. He 
loved his fellowman and set for himself a prudent and well-reg- 
ulated course of discipline, so that he was enabled to exert those 
talents wherewith God had blessed him, as well to God's glory as 
to the welfare of his fellow creatures. Let us, then, thank God for 
such a King and Mason— an example to emulate. 

I should like to repeat a piece of poetry written by someone 

"Toll the Bell, slow 
"It tells an Empire's woe, 
"And low and high Degree 
"Hear it on bended knee; 
"—Toll the Bell, slow— 

"Bear him in deep distress 
"And loving Tenderness; 
"A fitting Meed to bring 
"To such a gracious King 
"—Bear him, with Tenderness— 

"Lay him beneath the sod 
"He loved so well and trod 
"In great Humility 
"As one who held in Fee 
, "His Sceptre from his God." 

And so, in saying farewell to our late gracious King, I repeat 
those words which strike an echoing chord within us all: 


I quote now a telegram sent on your behalf by our Grand 
Scribe E., to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, viz.: 

"On behalf of Most Excellent Companion Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, 
Grand First Principal and twenty-one thousand Companions of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada I extend to you and your family sincere and heartfelt 
sympathy in the passing of your devoted husband (our King) to his 
heavenly reward." 

to which the following reply was received by letter, viz.: 

"I am commanded by The Queen to express to you and to all those on 
whose behalf you wrote, her sincere thanks for your kind message of 
sympathy in her great loss. Her Majesty greatly appreciates their thought 
of her and her family at this time." 

We, of this Grand Jurisdiction, also mourn the loss of the late 
Right Excellent Companion Archie D. Maclntyre who played a 


leading role in the Grand Chapter of Canada. Many years ago 
his services were recognized and he was made Honorary Member 
of the Executive Committee. His contribution as Chairman of 
Mileage and Per Diem Committee brought him in contact with 
hundreds of Grand Chapter Officers, and the great assistance he 
has given to Grand Z's in the past thirty years was much appreciated. 
He was for many years branch manager with the Bank of Montreal, 
King and Bathurst Streets, Toronto, retired about seven years ago 
and divided his time between Toronto, Picton and Lake Worth, 
Florida. He was called by the Supreme Architect of the Universe 
on February 6th, 1952, and buried with Masonic Honours in Tren- 
ton on Saturday, February 9th, 1952. His passing will be sadly 
felt at this Annual Convocation when the call of Grand Represen- 
tatives is made for New Jersey. Seldom did he miss being present 
since 1936. 

The late Right Excellent Companion C. Alex. Sollitt, who for 
many years was Chairman of Investments until ill health prevented 
him from taking an active interest in Royal Arch Masonry, is 
another outstanding Companion who served this Grand Chaper 
faithfully and efficiently. His death is a distinct loss to us. 

The late Right Excellent Companion A. C. Tipper, Past Grand 
Superintendent for Temiskaming District (1945), was appointed 
the Grand Representative for North Carolina in 1946, and for a 
considerable number of years resided in the Kirkland Lake dis- 
trict. He received his Holy Arch Degree in Temiskaming Chapter 
No. 169 in 1924 and affiliated with Kirkland Chapter No. 251 in 
1930 as a Charter Member. The North country knew him well for 
his sterling qualities on Masonic matters. We grieve at his passing. 

The late Right Excellent Companions Vivian M. Hare and 
J. W. Rynard were both members of Succoth Chapter, No. 135, 
Uxbridge. Both were elected Grand Superintendent in 1920 and 
1930, respectively. We are saddened by their death. 

The passing of the late Right Excellent Companion the Rev- 
erend Charles H. MacDonald, Immediate Past Grand Chaplain, a 
member of Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, is sincerely 
regretted. He was a Past Moderator of the Presbyterian Church 
and a good Mason, keenly interested in all Masonic matters. He 
has left an aching void in our hearts. 

The late Very Excellent Companion John W. Sheard, Grand 
Junior Sojourner, lived but a short time after last Grand Chapter's 



Annual Convocation. This Companion, unfortunately, was never 
invested in the office of Grand Junior Sojourner to which he was 
appointed. He was a member of Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto. 
We are the poorer for his death. 

The Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead will show 
the complete list of Companions who have left their eartlhy abode 
and now inhabit the eternal realm above. We mourn their passing 
from our midst, and express our heartfelt sympathy to their loved 


To report, in detail, the many interesting events occurring on 
my various visits to Chapters or Districts would take up too much 
space and time without serving any great purpose, although I must 
enlarge on some. I found an enthusiastic interest in Capitular 
Masonry, with no cause for concern, and with harmony prevailing. 
It is of inestimable pleasure to report that the warmest fraternal 
relations exist between us and all recognized Grand Chapters. 

Date Chapter, Lodge, 

or Event. 


5— Grand Council, 

R. & S. M. 
7— The Tuscan Lodge 
11— Bernard Chapter 

15— London Chapter 



8-The St. Andrew's 

14— St. Clair Chapter 

16— St. George's Chapter 
19— London Chapter 


17-19-Grand Lodge 

17— Grand Imperial 
Cross of Constantine 
18— London Chapter 
21-22-Canadian Grand 



1 95 London 
146 Listowel 

150 London 

238 London 
231 Toronto 

5 London 
150 London 


150 London 



Welcomed and honoured as G.Z. 
Presented 50 year jewel to V. Ex. 
Comp. J. H. Blackmore. 
Welcomed and honoured as G.Z. 
by own Chapter. 

Birthday Party. 

Presented D.S.M. to Comp. T. 
Lowe, and invested R. Ex. Comp. 
L. J. Colling with Regalia of 
Grand Registrar. 

Visit by Quinte Friendship Chapt- 
er, Belleville, who conferred 
H.R.A. degree. 

Chapter visited by M. Ex. Comp. 
J. E. McLarty, P. G.Z. Grand Chap- 
ter of Saskatchewan. 
Wawanosh & Hiawatha Chapters. 
Presented 50 Year Jewel, at his 
home, to Comp. W. Robert Paul, 
Wawanosh Chapter. 

Toronto Official guest. 

Annual Assembly and Banquet. 

Emergent Meeting. 
Fifth Annual Convocation 



Date Chapter, Lodge, 



or Event. 


18— London Chapter 



26— Georgian District 

27— Mount Sinai 






28— Covenant Chapter 
29-Ladies Night 




7-12-Grand Council, 
R. & S. M. and 
Grand Chapter, Ohio. 
14— Church Service 
16— London Chapter 




18-20-Grand Chapter, 
27— London Chapter 

28-Church Service 
29-St. John's Chapter 
30— Tuscan Chapter 


5— Grand Chapter 

12— Vimy Chapter 
13— Enterprise Chapter 
15— St. Clair Chapter 
20-The Hamilton 



King Solomon's 

30-St. George's Chapter 


5-8— Grand Chapter of 
10-13-Grand Chapter of 


7— The Tuscan Lodge 
9-St. Paul's Chapter 

15— Joint Installation 

16— Tuscan Lodge 

29-Grand Chapter Office 

29— Mount Sinai Chapter 

30— Dinner 

31— Banquet and Reception 

150 London 

103 North Bay 
95 Sudbury 


In wood 



8 Toronto 

5 London 




M.M.M. & M.E.M. Degrees con- 
ferred on M. Wor. Bro. N. C. 
Hart, Grand Master. 
Field Day. 

Presented 50 year jewels to R. Ex. 

Comps<. E. J., & C. A. Walters. 

(two brothers). Met a Companion 

91 years old. 

International Night. 

Huron Conoclave No. 2, Red Cross 

of Constantine. 

Guest and Official Guest. 

District No. 2, Church Service. 
M. Ex. Comps. F. W. Dean & C. 
McL. Pitts and other Grand Chap- 
ter Officers conferred H.R.A. de- 
gree on M. Wor. Bro. N. C. Hart, 
Grand Master. 
Official Guest. 

Dinner and Reception to G.Z. 

Port Huron Chapter exemplified 

M.M.M. Degree. 

London District Chapters. 

Dinner and Reception. 

Dinner and Reception. 

Meeting of Grand Council and 

Dedication of Chapter Room 
75th Anniversary. 
75th Anniversary. 

Conferred rank of Past Grand 
First Principal on M. Wor. Bro. & 
Comp. T. H. Simpson, P.G.M. 
Presented D.S.M. to Comp. Stanley 
Tinker and invested V. Ex. Comp. 
S. F. Hutchinson with regalia, 
G.M. of the Second Veil. Re- 
ceived Honorary Membership. 
Annual Dinner Party. 

Philadelphia Official Guest. 
Boston Official Guest. 



212 Toronto 


First Degree. 

Installation of Officers. 

Eight Chapters of London District. 

Gave General Charge at Installa 

tion of Officers. 

Meeting of Grand Council 

Past Grand Z's. 

Reception and Installation 


Principal's Association. 

London District's tribute to 


Wor. Bro. 

Nelson C. Hart, Grand 




Chapter, Lodge, 
or Event. 





2— Hiawatha Chapter 
4— The Tuscan Lodge 
10-13-Grand Chapter of 
14— Golden Chapter 

15— En route to Port Arthur 
16— Shuniah Chapter and 
Fort William Chapter 
17-19— Enroute to London 
19— London Chapter 
26-St. John's Chapter 

27-St. Clair District 

Auspices of Thomas 
Peters Chapter. 


1— Ottawa Chapter 
3— The Tuscan Lodge 

7— Beaver Chapter 

18— London Chapter 
21-The St. Patrick 

25-26-Grand Chapter 

of Quebec 
27-The St. Andrew 


252 Sarnia International Day. 

195 London D.D.G.M's Meeting. 

Winnipeg Official Guest. 

90 Kenora 

Dinner and Reception at Tempor- 
ary Chapter Room at Keewatin. 

82 Port Arthur Dinner and Reception. 


150 London 
48 Cobourg 

250 Windsor 

222 Ottawa 

195 London 

74 Strathroy 

150 London 

145 Toronto 

238 London 

M.E.M. Degree 
Dinner and Reception. 
Presented 50 year Gold Bar to 
E. Comp. Archie Bowman, and 25 
years P.P. Jewel to R. E. Comp. 
Sherman Cooper. 

Dinner and Reception. 
M.E.M. Degree 

Reception and H.R.A. Degree. 

Received Honorary Membership. 

The Grand Master and present 

Grand Lodge Officers, conferred 

first degree. 

Reception and H.R.A. Degree. 

Received Honorary Membership. 

M.M.M. Degree 

Banquet and Entertainment. Irish 


Official Guest. 

M.E.M. Degree and Invested R. E. 

Comp. B. S. Scott with regalia of 

G. S. N., and V. E. Comp. E. S. F. 

Houghton with regalia of Grand 


It has been an interesting experience in visiting the various 
Chapters and Districts. One must acknowledge the many kind- 
nesses extended your Grand Z., and although my thanks have 
been expressed, acknowledgment again must be made to all who 
have so warmly received and honoured me. 

During the year, I attended two International events. The 
first was at Cornwall, Ontario, under the auspices of Covenant 
Chapter, No. 113, when some 600 or more Companions (and some 
Ladies) were present at the banquet. A large array of Companions 
from New York State were in attendance. It was a joy to me to 
be in the company of Most Excellent Companion Clarence Mac- 
Leod Pitts and our genial Scribe E., Right Excellent Fred J. John- 
son. This year I believe, the event will take place in the State 
of New York. 

The second International affair was at Sarnia, when Hiawatha 
Chapter, No. 252, celebrated their fourth— as they now call it— 


International Day. After lunch and a reception in the Masonic 
Temple, the highlight of the event was the largely attended ban- 
quet at which the ladies were present. Entertainment was also 
provided. A goodly number of Distinguished Companions from 
the States of Michigan and Ohio graced the occasion. The Chair- 
man was none other than our esteemed friend, Most Excellent Com- 
panion James A. Gorham, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand 
Chapter of Ohio. The speaker was to have been Most Excellent 
Roscoe R. Walcutt, General Grand Secretary of the General Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, but at the last moment he notified 
Hiawatha Chapter of his inability to be present, and the onus of 
taking his place as speaker fell on the shoulders of your Grand Z. 
Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean was also in attendance. 
Hiawatha Chapter honoured me over a year ago with Honourary 
Membership which I greatly appreciated. 

My own Chapter (London No. 150) held a reception in my 
honour, assuring me of their loyalty and friendship with tangible 
evidence of their delight at my elevation to the office of Grand 
First Principal. I try to be present at their Chapter meetings when- 
ever possible. Their support of me is very comforting. 

To overlook my reception by the Companions of Ottawa 
Chapter No. 222, is unthinkable on my part. The kindness, gen- 
erosity and warmth of welcome was something I shall never forget. 
Adding to my joy was the presence of Most Excellent Companion 
Clarence MacLeod Pitts, who is a member of that Chapter, and 
his cheerful disposition on that great occasion lifted the event to 
one of extreme in friendship and cordiality. Greatly to my heart- 
ful pleasure was the conferring of Honorary Membership by this 
Chapter, and this was done in the Lodge room where I was first 
initiated into Masonry nearly 38 years ago. Not many Masons are 
initiated and years later stand in the same Lodge and Chapter room 
as a Grand First Principal. The memory of that occasion will 
remain with me always. 

Another outstanding delight came from the Brethren of the 
Tuscan Lodge, No. 195, London, to which both the Grand Master. 
Most Worshipful Brother Nelson C. Hart and I belong. At ai. 
early meeting after my installation as Grand Z., the Brethren of 
that Lodge honoured me with practical evidence of their esteem 
and as a tribute to the office I now hold in Capitular Masonry. 
I felt very elated at their kind thoughts of me. 


It, also, is necessary that I express my pleasure at the welcome 
received and kindnesses extended to me as guest at the various 
Annual Convocations which I was privileged to attend, viz., The 
Grand Chapter of Ohio at Columbus; of Michigan at Flint; of 
Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; of Massachusetts at Boston; of Mani- 
toba at Winnipeg; and of Quebec at Montreal. 

At the Grand Chapters of Ohio and Michigan, I was accom- 
panied by the Grand Scribe E., Right Excellent Companion Fred 
J. Johnson. At Columbus, Ohio, both Most Excellent Companions 
Fred W. Dean and Clarence MacLeod Pitts were present; and the 
former also was at Flint. An invitation also was received from the 
Grand Chapter of New Hampshire, at which time, fortunately, 
our Grand Representative, Right Excellent Companion Nostrand 
M. Sprague, was visiting Concord, attended this Annual Con- 
vocation, and, on behalf of this Grand Chapter, kindly extended 
our greetings and felicitations. The report he sent me of his visit 
was greatly appreciated. 

An invitation also was received from the Grand Chapter of 
Nova Scotia, but unfortunately I was unable to attend. 

Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts repre- 
sented me at the Annual Assembly of Sovereign Great Priory of 
Canada; at the Triennial Meeting of the General Grand Chapter 
at Little Rock, Arkansas, and at the Seventy-fifth Anniversary 
celebration of Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto. Our Immediate 
Past Grand Z. has been kindness itself, and his abounding energy 
is still, to me, a source of wonderment. 

My sincere thanks are due Most Excellent Companion John 
M. Burden, our Grand Treasurer, not only for his efficient and 
zealous guardianship of our finances, but for his loyal support and 
kindness in representing me at the Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of New York, and at the International and Inter- 
Chapter night at Buffalo, held by Keystone Chapter, Buffalo, N.Y., 
and the St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, of Toronto. This and other 
occasions unquestionably strengthen the bonds of brotherhood 
between Canada and United States, which are joined, not only 
geographically, but, we pray, by what it is hoped will continue to 
be, the unbreakable union of men's hearts and minds. I thank these 
Most Excellent Companions for their loyalty and forbearance. 

At this point, it is with regret that I have to inform you that 
Most Excellent Companion John M. Burden did not intend to 


seek the office of Grand Treasurer for another year, and on April 
5th, at his request, I accepted his resignation. In the interim, in 
order that financial matters should not be held up, I assumed the 
duties of Grand Treasurer myself and there being no nomination 
for that office, I shall have to appoint a Grand Treasurer before 
the closing of this Grand Chapter. 

One incident, to my mind exemplifying the true concept of 
the duty of a Grand Representative, was the receipt of a letter 
from our Grand Representative near the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Maryland, Right Excellent Companion Gerald 
M. Pine, who wrote me at the direction of his Grand High Priest, 
not only extending greetings and best wishes, but enquiring if 
there was anything I desired should be presented at their Grand 
Convocation at Baltimore, and stating he would be honoured to 
represent my interests in every particular. I was enthused with 
this epistle evincing such fraternal solicitude, and naturally 
expressed my grateful thanks and asked him, on behalf of our 
Grand Chapter, to convey our warmest fraternal greetings to his 
Grand High Priest and all Companions of his Grand Chapter. 

During the year, I have been honoured on two occasions in 
having the great privilege of presenting the Distinguished Service 
Medal to two worthy Companions. This decoration is considered 
the Victoria Cross of Capitular Masonry and is not conferred 
indiscriminately, but only after careful scrutiny and consideration 
by the Committee, who are very jealous as to the requirements 
necessary for this award, so that a recipient may realize that Grand 
Chapter fully believes his services to Royal Arch Masonry have 
been of a very worth-while and outstanding nature. 

The two recipients of this award are: 

Companion Stanley Tinker, King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, 

Companion T. Lowe, St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto. 

I again congratulate these two worthy Companions. 

An occasion one cannot allow to pass without comment was 
the unexpected visit to London Chapter, No. 150, on June 19th, 
1951, of Most Excellent Companion J. E. McLarty, Past Grand 
First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan. His visit 
was all the more welcome by its unexpectedness. We rejoiced to 
see him. 


An occasion, always interesting, was the dedication of the 
Chapter Room of Vimy Chapter, No. 214, at Inwood, on November 
12th, 1951. This ceremony is not only beautifully ritualistic, but 
one's thoughts are elevated to appreciate the greatness and good- 
ness of our Great Jehovah, Who makes all things possible and 
blesses those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. 


Mention must also be made of the several Chapters who have 
celebrated, or who intended to celebrate, their Seventy-fifth Anni- 
versary, viz.: 

Enterprise Chapter, No. 67 Palmerston 

Erie Chapter, No. 73 Ridgetown 

St. Clair Chapter, No. 75 Milton 

Occident Chapter, No. 77 Toronto 

Orient Chapter, No. 79 Toronto 

and I congratulate the Companions of those Chapters. It was 
my good fortune to be present at the celebration of Enterprise 
Chapter, Palmerston and St. Clair Chapter, at Milton. I, also, 
was going to Erie Chapter at Ridgetown, but the death of one of 
their Companions cancelled the affair. Much to my disappoint- 
ment, I was unable to attend the celebrations of Occident and 
Orient Chapters at Toronto, but was ably represented by Most 
Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts at Occident Chapter, 
No. 77 and by Right Excellent Companion J. A. M. Taylor, 
Grand H., at Orient Chapter, No. 79, and I thank them for their 
kindness, and also the Companions of Occident Chapter for hon- 
ouring me with Honourary Membership, which I greatly esteem. 

All these Chapters have progressed that many years 
through faith. The foundations were well and truly laid; the 
Companions of all those years good and true Masons, with a 
belief in their respective Chapter and its many purposes. They 
remind me of the statement in our Great Light, viz.: 

"By Faith-Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange coun- 
try, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of 
of the same promise; for he looked for a City which hath foundations, 
whose builder and maker is God." 

Yes, my Companions, so it will be for all Chapters whose 
members keep faith and rest their foundations on God. 

It delights all to see favours bestowed on worthy Companions, 
and so it was an especial joy to be permitted to install Most Wor- 


shipful Brother and Companion T. H. Simpson, Past Grand 
Master, into the office of Principal and then Past Principal of his 
Chapter, the Hamilton Chapter, No. 175. Most Excellent Com- 
panions R. V. E. Conover, Fred W. Dean and Clarence MacLeod 
Pitts, as well as our Grand Second and Third Principals and 
Grand Scribe E., were also present. This is an interesting cere- 
mony, and to the recipient a reward for efficient duty in many 
Masonic offices. It is hoped that this Most Worshipful Brother 
and Excellent Companion will long be spared to render other 
outstanding services to this Order of ours. 

Briefly, I wish to say how much I appreciated the privilege 
of being present at, and at times being permitted to take part in, 
the various Chapter ceremonies, such as the Installation of Officers 
of St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Toronto; Joint Installation of the 
Officers of eight Chapters of the London District; Installation of 
Officers of Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto; and the con- 
ferring of the Holy Royal Arch Degree on Most Worshipful 
Brother Nelson C. Hart, the Grand Master, which ceremony was 
presided over by Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod 
Pitts, assisted by Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean and 
other Grand Chapter Officers. It was an outstanding event in 
London Chapter, No. 150, and one that should further bind and 
strengthen the ties of Brotherhood between Craft and Capitular 

As, also, will be seen from my list of visits, I was a guest at 
Grand Lodge; at the Annual Assembly of Grand Council, Royal 
and Select Masters, Cryptic Rite; and at the Annual Assembly of 
the Grand Imperial Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, at all 
of which I was honoured, received many kindnesses, and every 
courtesy extended me. 


It was my privilege to preside over the Fifth Annual Con- 
ference of Canadian Grand Chapters, Royal Arch Masons, held in 
Hamilton on August 21st and 22nd, 1951, following the closing of 
Sovereign Great Priory of Canada. 

Unfortunately, for probably good reasons, the report on the 
happenings of that occasion have not yet been transcribed, so 
that a complete report of this Conference has not come to hand, 
but I state briefly as follows: 


All the Canadian Chapters were represented with the excep- 
tion of Alberta, with an average attendance of 30 members, who 
showed their interest in the proceedings. 

On account of several of the delegates having to leave Ham- 
ilton on Wednesday afternoon, August 22nd, the meeting was 
opened at 9.00 p.m., August 21st, with your Grand Z. presiding, 
who extended a very cordial welcome to the delegates, with the 
hope that further material advantage would result from this 

It was with regret that the members were informed of the 
death of three Past Grand First Principals, viz.: Most Excellent 
Companion W. W. Williamson of Quebec, Most Excellent Com- 
panion B. S. Bailey of Manitoba, and Most Excellent Companion 
J. MacLeod of British Columbia, and the Conference observed 
a minute's silence to the memory of these three distinguished 

The Minutes of the previous Conference, held in Sudbury, 
having been distributed to the various Grand Chapters, were 

The Financial Statement was submitted, which showed 
receipts of $1,246.67 and the expenses of the same amount, thanks 
to a donation of $152.98. 

A series of resolutions was submitted by Most Excellent Com- 
panion R. V. Harris, Chairman of the Resolutions Committee, 
covering several important subjects, all of which were favourably 
received, and we anticipate some action will be taken at future 

The various papers read were as follows: 

The wearing of R.A. Jewels in Craft Lodges and other Bodies, 
and Jewels of other Bodies in a R.A. Chapter by Most Excellent 
Companion P. S. Cochrane of Nova Scotia. 

The beginning of Royal Arch Masonry in Canada, by Most 
Excellent Companion R. V. Harris, Nova Scotia. 

Time intervals between Craft and Capitular Grades of 
Degrees, by Most Excellent Companion H. F. Sipprell, Nova Scotia. 

Royal Arch Masonry in the United States of America, by Most 
Excellent Companion L. Johnson, Saskatchewan. 


Relationship of Capitular Masonry to Craft Masonry on the 
Pacific Coast, by Most Excellent Companion A. R. Byrnell, Bri- 
tish Columbia. 

Report of Capitular Education Committee, by Most Excellent 
Companion F. W. Dean, Grand Chapter of Canada. 

All these papers were followed with much interest and con- 
siderable discussion took place, especially the paper submitted by 
Most Excellent Companion F. W. Dean on Capitular Education, 
and a further report is to be submitted at the next Conference as 
to the form of booklets which they propose to have isssued, subject 
to the approval and financial assistance from each Grand Chapter. 

Then followed the report of the Nomination Committee, the 
following being elected for the ensuing term: 

President — M. Ex. Comp. P. S. Cochrane, Nova Scotia. 
Immediate Past President — M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Canada. 
Vice-President— M. Ex. Comp. A. R. Byrnell, British Columbia. 
Secretary-Treasurer — M. Ex. Comp. A. A. Wilson, Saskatchewan. 
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer— R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Canada. 

Most Excellent Companion W. J. Edwards was appointed as 
the Quebec Representative on the Executive Committee. 

These Conferences have been productive of exceedingly fine 
results in disseminating the better knowledge and appreciation 
of the problems and the work being done by our several Grand 
Jurisdictions within the Dominion. Without in any way encroach- 
ing upon the sovereignty which is inherent in each Grand Chapter, 
it has, nevertheless, been possible to arrive in harmony on the 
decisions on many matters leading to uniformity and the strength- 
ening of Capitular Masonry. 

The next meeting of the Conference is to be held at the close 
of the Annual Assembly of the Knights Templar in August, 1952, 
in Banff, Alberta. 


It was my distinct pleasure to issue Commissions, at the request 
of their Grand First Principal or Grand High Priest, to the under- 


mentioned distinguished Companions, nominated to be our Grand 
Representatives, near their respective Grand Chapters, viz.: 

M. Excellent Companion Vernon W. Stewart — British Columbia. 
R. Excellent Companion Rex. W. Davis — Oregon. 
R. Excellent Companion John O. Caruthers — Texas. 

For Grand Representatives near our Grand Chapter, I recom- 
mended to the Grand Chapters concerned the following distin- 
guished Companions, and Commissions have been received con- 
firming their appointments, viz.: 

Arkansas — R. Excellent Companion G. Thomas E. Martin, London, Ont. 

Indiana — R. Excellent Companion Arthur L. Tinker, Toronto, Ont. 

North Dakota— R. Excellent Companion L. Hewson, Toronto, Ont. 
Utah —V. Excellent Companion F. A. Ray MacFadden, Toronto 

At the present time, vacancies exist for the Grand Chapter of 
New Jersey, through the death of the late Right Excellent Com- 
panion Archie D. Maclntyre of Toronto; for the Grand Chapter 
of North Carolina, through the passing of Right Excellent Com- 
panion A. G. Tipper of Kirkland Lake; and for the Grand Chapter 
of Saskatchewan, through the death of Right Excellent Companion 
C. Alex. Sollitt of Peterborough, Ontario. 

These vacancies will be filled shortly. 

The purpose and function of these Grand Representatives is 
not only to cement the bond of friendship between Grand Juris- 
dictions, but to keep in close contact with each other by visits or 
correspondence, in order to further the interests of each Grand 
Chapter and create an enthusiastic comradeship which will make 
for happier relationship. 

While on this subject, I should like to state that our Grand 
Scribe E. received a letter from Right Excellent Companion N. B. 
Spencer, our Grand Representative near the Grand Chapter of 
New Zealand, whom most of you will remember was with us at our 
last Annual Grand Convocation, together with Companion Had- 
field of New Zealand, who since then has been seriously ill. In 
his communication, Companion Spencer stated he would be think- 
ing of us to-day, and sent his best regards, to which our Grand 
Scribe E. replied thanking Companion Spencer, and wishing Com- 
panion Hadfield a speedy return to good health; also conveying 
this Grand Chapter's greetings and felicitations and best wishes 
for a happy and successful Convocation of their Grand Chapter, 
and at the same time assuring Companion Spencer of a royal wel- 
come here should he visit us again. 




This year again, I am pleased to report, there has been a net 
increase, but unfortunately not so large as the last few years, viz., 
309. Our total membership at December, 1951, was 20,958. The 
heavy hand of death removed 502 Companions from our midst, 
the largest number for many years. Our Life Membership has 
fallen to 3,714 from 3,824 last year. Withdrawals are still too 
high and suspensions show a great jump. This is distressing, 
although it seems apparent that several Chapters are ridding them- 
selves of members who will not pay dues. 

However, I should like to say that I am greatly encouraged 
by the influx of candidates in several Chapters so far this year. 
If this continues to pertain, our Grand Chapter, I hope, will be 
able to show a greater net increase next year. 

It will be interesting to hear the report of our Special Mem- 
bership Committee, under the Chairmanship of Right Excellent 
Companion F. A. McDiarmid. 

The following tables present the Membership Statistics: 



Total Membership Net Increase 

over prior year 

Dec. 31, 1947 18,456 832 

" 31, 1948 19,312 856 

" 31, 1949 20,070 758 

" 31, 1950 20,649 579 

" 31, 1951 20,958 309 

1948 1949 

Admissions 1,317 1,322 

Joinings 107 86 

Restorations 52 48 

Withdrawals 132 154 

Suspensions 60 113 

Deaths 428 441 

Membership by District at December 31, 1951 

District Beginning Year End- Increase or Percentage 

ot Year, ing Dec. Decrease. 
31, 1951. 

Inc. Dec. Inc. Dec. 

1. 1,488 1,505 17 1.129 

2. 2,308 2,304 4 .18 

3. 869 901 32 3.551 












Increase & Per- 


for year 


















































































































Chapters Having Most Exaltations: 

Chapter No. Location Exaltations 

Carleton 16 Ottawa 50 

Wellington 47 Chatham 26 

Laurentian 151 Pembroke 25 

Ottawa 222 Ottawa 23 

Occident 77 Toronto 22 

King Solomon's 8 Toronto 20 

Ark 80 Windsor 19 

Tuscan 95 Sudbury 18 

Oxford 18 Woodstcok 17 

Ancient Frontenac 

& Cataraqui 1 Kingston 16 

Mount Sinai 212 Toronto 16 

The St. Clair 231 Toronto 15 

Hiawatha 252 Sarnia 15 

Chapters Having No Exaltations: 

Grenville 22 Prescott 

Pembroke 58 Mattawa 

Havelock 63 Kincardine 

Lome 164 West Lome 

Cobalt 203 Cobalt 

Kitchener 210 Russell 

Blenheim 239 Blenheim 

St. Paul's 242 Lambeth 

Our Largest Chapters: 

Chapter No. Location Members 

Carleton 16 Ottawa 480 

The St. Patrick 145 Toronto 431 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 59 Brockville 365 

St. George's 5 London 363 

Occident 77 Toronto 347 

Palestine 54 St. Thomas 345 

Ark 80 Windsor 342 


Ancient Frontenac 

& Cataraqui 1 Kingston 338 

Corinthian 36 Peterborough 327 

Shuniah 82 Port Arthur 306 

Our Smallest Chapters: 

Chapter No. Location Members 

Smithville 240 Smithville 50 

Dochert 248 Arnprior 50 

Niagara 55 Niagara-on-the-Lake 49 

Presqu'ile 144 Brighton 49 

Glengarry 143 Maxville 47 

Warkworth 110 Warkworth 46 

Abitibi 223 Iroquois Falls 44 

Durham 221 Durham 43 

Yukon 256 Whitehorse 39 

Pembroke (Inactive) 58 Mattawa 20 

Chapters Showing Largest Percentage Net Gain: 

No. 151 Laurentian, Pembroke 30.1% 

No. 218 Prince Edward, Shclburne 25.0% 

No. 256 Yukon, Whitehorse 21.9% 

No. 248 Dochert, Arnprior 16.3% 

No. 221 Durham, Durham 16.2% 

No. 47 Wellington, Chatham 13.3% 

No. 143 Glengarry, Maxville 11.9% 

No. 44 Mount Sinai, Napanee 11.7% 

No. 16 Carleton, Ottawa 10.6% 

No. 131 Amabel, Wiarton 10.0% 

Chapters having 10% Net Gain 10 

Chapters having Gain in membership 90 

Chapters having loss in membership 50 

Chapters having no change in membership 15 



One Hundred and Forty-three (143) Dispensations were issued 
as follows: 

To attend Divine Service 19 

To change day or hour of opening 67 

To advancement of Officers as required by Constitution 16 
To permit the Installation of Officers on a day not pre- 
scribed in By-laws 4 

To dispense with Convocations in summer months 2 

To meet in another Hall 3 

To permit Social Functions 26 

To waiver of Jurisdiction 1 

To permit working of all Degrees in one day 2 

To permit working of M.E.M. and H.R.A. Degrees on 

same day 1 


To permit Exaltation of a Companion with injured arm 1 

To permit Army Officer to be Exalted who could not comply 

with residence (Clause) Section 224 of Constitution 1 

Approved the interchange of Ten Chapters in our Jurisdic- 
tion with Chapters outside our Jurisdiction. In most cases a 
Degree was exemplified. 


It is improper for a Chapter or Companions to join any 
Masonic Club or Association which is not now recognized by this 
Grand Chapter, and which Club or Association would have the 
power to formulate Rules and Regulations over which this Grand 
Chapter does not have any control. 


New By-Laws Approved: 

Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ontario. 
Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ontario. 
Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, Ontario. 
Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville, Ontario. 
Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ontario. 
Golden Star Chapter, No. 254, Dryden, Ontario. 
Yukon Chaper, No. 256, Whitehorse, Y.T 

Amendments to By-Laws Approved: 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ontario. 
King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ontario. 
Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ontario. 
Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton, Ontario. 
Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, Ontario. 
Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee, Ontario. 
Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia, Ontario. 
Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls, Ontario. 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ontario. 
Madoc Chapter No. 161, Madoc, Ontario. 
Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, Ontario. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Toronto, Ontario. 
Oakwood Chapter No. 233, Toronto, Ontario. 
The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, London, Ontario. 
Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ontario. 
Hiawatha Chapter No. 252, Sarnia, Ontario. 
Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover, Ontario. 
Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255, Tillsonburg, Ontario. 



The following is the list of Jewels and Medals and to whom 
they were presented: 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal: 


MacNab Chapter No. 88, Dresden, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Worth, 

St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Archie Bowman 

For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason: 

Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, Ontario— Comp. W. Robert Paul, 

Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. E. J. 
Walters 1900-51; Rt. Ex. Comp. C. A. Walters, 1901-51. 

Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, Ontario— Rt. Ex. Comp. John 
Henning, 1901,51. 

Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ontario— Comp. William P. Tel- 
ford, 1901-52. 

St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Toronto, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Lewis F. 
Riggs, 1901-52. 

Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto Ontario— Ex. Comp. Robert Falconer, 
1902-52; Comp. Joseph Howell, 1902-52. 

Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. J. H. Black- 
more, 1900-51. 

Distinguished Service Medals: 

King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ontario— Comp. Stanley G. 

The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto, Ontario-Comp. William T. 

For 25 Years Installed First Principal: 

The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario— Ex. Comp. M. A. Angle, 

Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ontario— Ex. Comp. E. Walker, 

McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Thomas 
Camelford, 1927-1952. 

Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. George Mac- 
Vicar, 1925-1951; Ex. Comp. Henry T. Barker, 1926-1951. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. E. Vick, 

Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ontario-Ex. Comp. S. J. Spall, 1926- 


Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ontario-R. Ex. Comp. C. T. Palmer, 

Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, Ontario— Ex. Comp. A. S. Crawford, 

1912-1951; Ex. Comp. G. M. McKay, 1914-1951. 

St John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Cooper, 

Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Geo. 

E. Corns, 1926-1952; R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, 1927-52. 

King Hiram Chapter,, No. 57, Port Colborne, Ontario— Ex. Comp. C. G. 
Carter, 1925-1951; V. Ex. Comp. W. A. Hicks, 1926-1952. 

Granite Chapter No. 61, Almonte, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Comba, 

York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. A. J. Goldsmith, 

Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. F. E. 
Schilrath, 1927-1952. 

Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Frank E. Russ, 

Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Ben J. Smith, 

Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Murray Cameron, 
1923-1952; Ex. Comp. Ed. Thos. Lewis, 1924-1952. 

Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Geo. 
E. French, 1926-1951. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. W. R. 
Cooper, 1925-1951; Ex. Comp. O. A. Keffer, 1926-1951. 
(Formerly Macpherson Chapter, No. 86) 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. 
Bertram E. Ellis, 1926-1952. 

Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque, Ontario— Ex. Comp. S. L. McGran- 
aghan, 1927-1952. 

St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smith Falls, Ontario— Ex. Comp. A. L. 
Lang, 1926-1952. 

Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William, Ontario— Ex. Comp. John 
Cooper, Jr., 1918-1952; R. Ex. Comp. Thomas W. Love, 19261951; 
V. Ex. Comp. R. Dagger, 1927-1952. 

Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. 
Davidson, 1924-1952. 

Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland, Ontario— Ex. Comp. John M. H. 
McGuire, 1915-1951; V. Ex. Comp. H. J. Thompson, 1925-1952; R. 
Ex. Comp. R. R. Wilson, 1926-1952. 

Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, Ontario— Ex. Comp. R. J. Green, 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, Ontario— Ex. Comp. C. G. 

Williams, 1919-1951; Ex. Comp. C. G. Kemsley, 1922-1951; Ex. Comp. 

H. G. Laidlaw, 1924-1951; Ex. Comp. J. E. Morrison, 1926-1951. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. W. 
H. Hartley, 1925-1951; V. Ex. Comp. Sam Patterson, 1926-1952. 


Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. C. Pickering, 
1925-1952; Ex. Comp. C. H. Darling, 1926-1952. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. R. W. 
Munro, 1926-1952. 

Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, Port Credit, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Wm. 
Fingland, 1925-1951; R. Ex. Comp. G. B. Jackson, 1926-1951. 

The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Harry L. 
Martyn, 1926-1951. 

Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Geo. C. 
Brown, 1926-1952. 

Aurora Chapter, No. 235, Aurora, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. John H. 
Knowles, 1926-1952. 

McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. John H. 
Lee, 1925-1951. 

Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston, Ontario-M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dar- 
gavel, 1926-1951. 

I should like to sincerely congratulate all Companions who 

were the recipients of the Jewels and Medals, with the wish they 

will be spared many years to enjoy the wearing of these distinctive 

badges of honour. 


These appear to be in a satisfactory condition. Our actual 
expenditures were less than our estimated expenditures. We have 
made a substantial gain through re-investments, but I leave the 
full details of this matter, and our financial standing, to our Grand 
Treasurer in his report. 

I could wish, most sincerely, that our Victory Benevolent 
Fund be not overlooked. It is greatly desired this Fund should 
continue to increase, and if the Companions will ponder on its 
purpose, the knowledge of what good it can do, and joy it can 
bring, to the lives of those who need its benefit, I feel assured 
contributions will follow this appeal. 

While on the subject of finance, in view of the outstanding 
and efficient services rendered this Grand Chapter, I strongly 
recommend that R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie, who is 
now, and has been for many years, Chairman of our finance com- 
mittee, be made an Honourary Member of our Grand Executive 
Vide, section 65 (1) of the Constitution. 


The work of the Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee of 
Toronto continues to merit our esteem and approbation. Hun- 


dreds of underprivileged children and their mothers were trans- 
ported to the Summer Camp at Bronte. Comforts and cheer were 
provided also to the weary Veterans of two World Wars. A pro- 
gramme also was furnished for the Annual Garden Party of these 
Veterans, plus the donation of a record player. It is a work worthy 
of our high Masonic traditions. One must also acknowledge the 
kindly visitations and contacts of the Special Sick Committee of 
this Organization with our many unfortunate Companions who 
were inmates of various hospitals. 


It is noticed that some Chapter Notices are not up to date, 
through lacking information as to the business in hand, as dates 
only are not sufficient; also, regarding new Candidates for ballot, 
the information on each should give the Candidate's name and 
address, the name of the Proposer and Seconder, his Lodge, and 
nature of business. 

I must also point out that a copy of each Chapter's Notice 
should be sent, by each Scribe E., to the Grand Z., the Grand Super- 
intendent of their District, and the Grand Scribe E. 


My thanks are due the Grand Superintendents for duty well 
done in their various Districts. I trust each one has enjoyed hold- 
ing this important position in Grand Chapter. I am assured that 
all have faithfully performed their required duties, and I heartily 
congratulate them at the termination of their tenure of office. 


It is difficult to find adequate words to sincerely thank the 
Officers and Companions of those Chapters who have seen fit to 
confer on me the distinct privilege of Honourary Membership, viz.: 

King Solomon Chapter, No. 8— Toronto. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 74— Strathroy. 
Occident Chapter, No. 77— Toronto. 
Ottawa Chapter, No. 222-Ottawa. 

It is a thrilling experience to be the recipient of such an 
honour, and I esteem and appreciate the thought which prompted 
the Companions of those Chapters, to believe me worthy of being 
numbered among their ranks. My grateful thanks are yours. 



We still have not unravelled the problem of the Chapter at 
Mattawa, but I expect to have a complete report from District 
No. 15 as to the situation which now obtains, and a recommen- 
dation as to their desires. 

Before ending this address, I should like to thank Most Excel- 
lent Companion R. V. E. Conover for the work and care he has 
taken in formulating the address to Her Majesty, The Queen, and 
for arranging to have it so beautifully prepared for transmission 
to Her Majesty. It is a presentation worthy of this Grand Chapter. 

I cannot express sufficiently my grateful thanks to our genial, 
efficient and hard-working Grand Scribe E., Right Excellent Com- 
panion Fred J. Johnson, for all the support he has given me during 
the past year, and for his kindness in so many directions. I feel the 
affairs of our Grand Chapter are in good hands. Also, I must 
extend my sincere thanks to Miss Dorothy Colling, who is so cap- 
able an assistant to our Grand Scribe E. 

For the advice, support, encouragement and co-operation of 
the other members of Grand Council, and the Advisory Committee 
of Past Grand Principals, my thanks and full appreciation are due. 
I am most grateful to each one of them. 

In drawing this report to a close, I think it is not too optimistic 
to state that the Chapters in our Jurisdiction are, with one or two 
exceptions, progressing satisfactorily. Interest is being sustained 
everywhere and enthusiasm prevails in most places. We have 
fertile fields to draw from in our numerous Grand Lodges, who 
are numerically increasing, and surely it is not being too egotistical 
to believe that there should be an upward trend in our Capitular 
membership. We should strive to encourage at least twenty-five 
per cent or more of our craft Masons to become Royal Arch Masons, 
in order to bring our total to about 30,000. If every active Royal 
Arch Companion decided to get one candidate during this year, 
we certainly would go "Over the top." One thing is assured, that 
we have something to offer craft Masons which is of value to their 
Masonic life, for as most of you know it has been defined that pure 
Ancient Freemasonry consists of three degrees, viz.: Entered 
Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason, including the Holy 
Royal Arch, which is so truly denominated "the essence of Free- 
masonry." Most people, when they start any project, like to com- 


plete the same, and so it should be with all Masons, they should 
continue to the Royal Arch. 

Finally, my Companions, it has been said in a Greek adage, 
and I quote, "Life is the gift of nature, but beautiful living is the 
gift of wisdom." 

Therefore, Companions, we must see that our buildings and 
dedications are good offerings while travelling along the rugged 
path of life, and continue our efforts of search until God is revealed 
in all His essence of Majesty— incomprehensible. The search is 
to prove our knowledge— so that we may realize and know that 
He is the Alpha and Omega— the beginning and ending— God, the 
Creator of all things. We pass through trials, difficulties, we die, 
that we may know that He is beyond death— the everlasting, all 
powerful Jehovah. Therefore, we come by measured steps to a 
spiritual understanding of life's ultimate truth, to know what lies 
at the core of faith's endeavour, the goal of man's highest hopes, 
viz., to place ourselves, and all that we have done and been at His 
feet that we may worship Him for evermore. It is essential that 
we be ready "ere the week closes and the Sabbath of Eternity set 
in." To discover God and all that He means to us is our great 
task, and that duty should be clearly understood by all Royal Arch 
Companions. Our temples may be destroyed, but if the foun- 
dations have been well and truly laid, we shall see His glory which 
makes possible a re-building of our hopes and desires, by the 
knowledge of the loveliness of His divine will for man, for 

"While we deliberate, He reigns; when we decide wisely, He 
reigns; when we decide foolishly, He reigns; when we serve 
Him in humble loyalty, He reigns; when we serve Him self- 
assertively, He reigns; when we rebel and seek to withhold 
our service, He reigns— the Alpha and Omega, which is and 
which was and which is to come, the Almighty." 

Respectfully and Fraternally submitted, 




Since writing this report, on the unanimous recommendation 
of the Grand Chapter Executive, in accordance with Section 88A 
of the Constitution, as Grand Z., I have conferred upon Companion 
Nelson Collins Hart of London Chapter, R.A.M., No. 150, G.R.C., 
of London, the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, 
A.F.&A.M., of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, the rank of Past 
Zerubbabel, for most distinguished service rendered the Craft and 
Freemasonry. His installation and Investiture will be arranged 
by London Chapter, associated with Grand Chapter at a mutually 
convenient occasion. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— That the address of the M. Ex., the Grand Z. be referred to the 
Committee on the Grand Z's Address, to report thereon during the present 
Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Musons of Canada. 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank Joseph Armstrong, 
St. Clair District No. 1 

It is with much pleasure that I submit my report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in St. Clair District No. 1. 

Let me first express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to 
the Past Principal and Principals of the district for the honour 
conferred on me in electing me as their Grand Superintendent, and 
also wish to thank Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw 
Grand "Z" for his confirmation of the same. 

Immediately following my election I appointed Ex. Companion 
Fred J. Cowell as my Secretary who accompanied me on all my 
official visits. His assistance has materially lessened my official 
duties by his careful scrutiny of the Scribe's Ezra books in each 
chapter and his reports thereon and to him I tender my most grate- 
ful thanks. 

On June 8, 1951, I called a Chapter of Instruction at Chatham 
which was attended by the Principals of the district. At this meet- 
ing we discussed the recommendation of the Most Excellent the 
Grand "Z" and arranged a schedule of my official visits which were 
carried out as follows: — 

June 15— Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome 

June 26-McNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden 

Sept. 5— Blenheim Chapter, No. 239, Blenheim 

Sept. 12— King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington 

Sept. 17— Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown 

Oct. 1— Sombra Chapter, No. 153, Wallaceburg 

Oct. 1 1— Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham 

Nov. 2— Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Amherstburg 

Nov. 5— Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor 

Nov. 14— Thos. Peters, Chapter No. 250, Windsor 

On all my visits I was received most cordially as the Represent- 
ative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal and all chap- 


ters conferred one of the degrees in a very efficient manner with the 
exception of two, and I am satisfied that these chapters are capable 
of doing so according to the manual of instruction. 

I pay tribute to the Scribes of the district on the excellent con- 
dition of the books and records. In all cases the books are kept 
according to regulations and are most neat and accurate. 

On my official viist to McNabb Chapter, No. 88, I had the plea- 
sure of witnessing the presentation of a 25 year Past Principal 
Jewel with 50 year bar to Rt. Ex. Companion Ed. Worth by Rt. 
Ex. Companion E. Paling. Rt. Ex. Companion Ed. Worth replied 
by giving a history of Rt. Ex. Comp. McNabb which was most 

It was my great pleasure to visit Ark Chapter, No. 80 on the 
occasion of their annual visit to Port Lawrence Chapter, Toledo, 
Ohio, when I had the honour of taking the chair in the exemplifi- 
cation of the M.E.M. Degree. 

The sympathy of the district is extended to the Prince of Wales 
Chapter, No. 71, following the death of V. Ex. Comp. M. Thistle 
and Erie Chapter, No. 73 on the passing of Rt. Ex. Comp. Childs. 
They will be missed in the district. 

Annual church services were held by Prince of Wales Chapter, 
No. 71, Amherstburg, King Cyrus, No. 119, Leamington, Ark No. 
80, Windsor, Thos. Peters, No. 250, Windsor and Sombra, No. 153, 
Wallaceburg. The Grand Superintendent attended four of these 
services which were well attended. I attended the annual church 
service at St. Paul's Cathedral, Detroit, Mich., together with a large 
number from the district. It was under the auspices of the Wayne 
County High Priest's Association. The Very Rev. Chas. Brown of 
St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ont., was the guest preacher. 

It was my pleasure to be installing Principal at (5) Chapters 
and was the honoured guest and assisted at two others. 

I would say that Capitular Masonry in St. Clair District is in a 
healthy condition but recommend that some of the Chapters increase 
their annual dues so that their annual income from dues would 
care for the financial requirements of the chapters. 

In conclusion I would like to express to the officers and com- 
panions of the district my thanks and appreciation for their kind- 


ness during my year as Grand Superintendent. The past year has 
brought me many new and valuable experiences and many new and 
treasured friends, and to my successor I offer my support and 


R. Ex. Comp. Arnold Stewart McLean, 
London District, No. 2 

I have the honour of submitting my report as Grand Superin- 
tendant of London District, No. 2. 

I would like, first of all, to express my appreciation to the 
several Chapters of this London District, No. 2, for the honour 
conferred by electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent, 
also to the Most Excellent} the Grand First Principal for confirming 
my election. 

My first duty was to appoinnt Excellent Companion R. M. 
Story, of Bruce Chapter, No. 53, as my District Secretary. His able 
assistance was of great benefit to me and he has my sincere thanks 
for the help given throughout the year. 

On May 4th, 1951, I attended a Convocation of Wawanosh 
Chapter, No. 15, on the occasion of Ruling Principals Night, when 
the Ruling Principals of the District conferred the Royal Arch 
Degree on a class of candidates, with Ex. Comp. C. Baker as Z. The 
work was done in a very creditable manner, and a very good repre- 
sentative number of Companions from the District were present. 

On May 13th, I attended Divine Service, sponsored by Wawa- 
nosh Chapter, No. 15, held at the Central United Church, Sarnia. 
The service was well attended by the Companions of the District. 

On May 20th, I attended Divine Service, sponsored by Niles- 
town Chapter, No. 247, and held in Dorchester. 

On June 3rd, attended Divine Service sponsored by The St. 
Andrew Chapter, No. 238, held in Wellington United Church in 

On June 8th, I had the pleasure of being present at a Banquet 
held to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the St. Andrew Chapter, 

No. 238. 


A very pleasant evening was spent at the Cobblestone Inn, 
London, Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw and Mrs. Bradshaw 
were present, and a very enjoyable social evening was had by all. 

June 12th. A Chapter of Instruction was held in the Chapter 
Room of Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy, over 40 Companions 
being present. Instructions from Grand Chapter were passed on to 
those present and instruction in the three Degrees was given. I 
was very ably assisted by Rt. Ex. Comp. D. W. Duncan, Rt. Ex. 
Comp. J. H. Teasell, and Very Ex. Comp. H. E. Abell, to each of 
whom I give my sincere thanks. 

Sept. 22nd. Attended an Emergent Meeting of Hiawatha 
Chapter, No. 252, when the Royal Arch Degree was conferred by 
Companions from Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, with Most Ex. Comp. 
Fred Dean as Z. 

Official Visits of Inspection were as follows: 

Sept. 28— St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London. 
Oct. 2-St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth. 
Oct. 5— Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy. 
Oct. 8-Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood. 
Oct. 12— Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia. 
Oct. 15— Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill. 
Oct. 17-Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia. 
Oct. 25-The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, London. 
Nov. 1— Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer. 
Nov. 5— Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia. 
Nov. 8— Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas. 
Nov. 15— Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown. 
Nov. 20— London Chapter, No. 150, London. 
Nov. 28— St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London. 

Degrees were conferred on each occasion except St. John's 
Chapter, No. 3, in which was held the election of Officers. 

On all visits I was properly received and given a cordial wel- 
come as Representative of the Grand First Principal. 

On October 14th a District Divine Service was held in Petrolia 
at St. Paul's United Church, Rev. H. E. Moorhouse, M.A., B.D., 
conducted the service. We were honoured in having the Most 
Ex. Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw with us on the occasion, who 
assisted at the reading of the lessons. 


October 27th. Attended Reception in the Masonic Temple, 
London, to honour our Grand First Principal. A large number 
were present at the banquet, including Companions from Port 
Huron Chapter, Port Huron. The gift of a mantel clock was pre- 
sented to Most Ex. Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw as a token of the 
esteem in which he is held by the Companions. 

After the banquet the Companions adjourned to the Red 
Room where the M.M.M. Degree was exemplified by the Degree 
Team from Pt. Huron Chapter, Pt. Huron. The evening was 
thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

October 28th. Attended Divine Service, sponsored by London 
Chapter No. 150, held at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. A large 
number of Companions attended. The Very Rev. Brother R. C. 
Brown, M.A., DD., conducted the service, and Most Ex. Comp. A. 
G. N. Bradshaw assisted reading the lessons. 

Nov. 12th. Attended Ceremony of Dedication of the Chapter 
Room of Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood. The Most Ex. Grand 
First Principal presided, assisted by Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Johnson 
and Grand Chapter Officers. There was a good attendance of 
Companions from the district and an instructive and enjoyable 
evening was had by all. 

Feb. 2nd, 1952. Attended International Night sponsored by 
Hiawatha Chaper, No. 252, Sarnia. A large number of visitors 
from the United States attended and the presence of the ladies on 
this occasion made it a most successful event. 

March 5th. A very pleasant social evening was held by Aylmer 
Chapter, No. 81. A large number of companions and brethren 
with their wives were present. Entertainment and dancing con- 
tributed to the enjoyment of a very successful Ladies Night. 

March 7th. Beaver Chapter, No. 74, was host to Most Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw and Companions from London District 
No. 2. The Royal Arch Degree was conferred by officers from 
London and District, the Grand First Principal taking part in the 
work. Rt. Ex. Comp. W. B. Stothers acted as First Principal. 

A Life Membership in Beaver Chapter, No. 74, was presented 
to Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, the presentation being made 
in an impressive manner by Ex. Comp. A. W. Holt. 


Many Companions from the District were present and a well 
served lunch completed a very pleasant evening. 

The Chapters in this District are progressing and interest in 
the work is being displayed by the officers and Companions. 

The Financial standing of the Chapters in the District is gen- 
erally good, and steps have been, and are being taken to increase 
the dues where necessary. 

In closing, I wish to thank all the Companions for the friendly 
companionship displayed on all occasions, and for the privilege 
of having served them as Representative of The Grand First 


R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Leland Mansfield, 
Wilson District No. 3 

It is with a great deal of pleasure, that I submit my report on the 
condition of Royal Arch Masonry, in Wilson District. 

At the beginning, I wish to express to the Officers and Com- 
panions of Harris Chapter, my sincere appreciation for the confi- 
dence placed in me, by being chosen. Also to the Principals and 
Companions of the District, for the high honour conferred on me, 
by electing me to the high office of Grand Superintendent, and to 
the Grand "Z", Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw, 
for confirming the same. 

My first pleasant duty, was to appoint Ex. Comp. P. V. L. 
Pedolin as the District Secretary and to whom I want to express my 
sincere thanks, for the unselfish advice, courtesy and efficient per- 
formance of his duty. 

I was accompanied by the District Secretary, on all of my 
official visits, which were arranged and carried out as follows: — 
Oct. 2— Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255, Tillsonburg 
Oct. 10-Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover 
Oct. 15— Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris 
Oct. 26-Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock 


Nov. 8— Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe 

Nov. 9— Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll 

Nov. 15— Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford 

I arranged for a chapter of instruction, which was held in 
Harris Chapter rooms, Ingersoll, on June 26, 1951, and was attended 
by a goodly number of the Past Principals of the Chapters in the 
District. I am confident these meetings contribute a large part to 
the efficiency and uniformity of the work, also the congeniality in 
the individual Chapters and the entire district. 

I paid fraternal visits to all the Chapters prior to the official 
visits and I am greatly indebted to the goodly number of the Com- 
panions, for the support and encouragement given by accompanying 
me on all occasions. 

I had proposed to hold a district meeting, at which time the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal was invited to attend and 
present a 25 year Past Principal's Jewel, but unfortunately after 
numerous attempts were made, we were unable to select a date on 
which the Most Excellent would be able to attend. Owing to ill 
health of the recipient, a number of the Past Principals journeyed 
with me to the home of Excellent Companion Arthur S. Crawford, 
on November 11, 1951, and on behalf of the Most Excellent, the 
Grand First Principal, I presented Ex. Comp. Crawford with the 25 
year Past Z's Jewell. We are very sorry to report, that Ex. Comp. 
Crawford has since passed on to the Grand Chapter above, on 
March 13, 1952. 

A 25 year Past Principal's jewel was also presented to Ex. 
Comp. G. M. McKay, on January 10, 1952, by St. Clair Chapter 
No. 231, Toronto, on behalf of the Most Excellent and Harris 
Chapter, No. 41, of which Ex. Comp. McKay is a member although 
now a resident of Toronto. 

We were most cordially received on all visits and without 
exception, with the dignity due the Grand Chapter and the Most 
Excellent, whom I was representing. 

On my official visits I witnessed all three degrees conferred and 
the very effective and serious manner in which the work was given 
as well as received by the candidates is worthy of commendation. 


All the Chapters are in a very satisfactory condition financially 
and while not showing extraordinary gains, they are continuing to 
prosper in membership. 

I had the pleasure of forming an installation team and instal- 
ling the officers of Harris Chapter, No. 41 and Tillsonburg Chapter 
No. 255, jointly in Ingersoll, on January 11th. Also installing 
Oxford Chapter No. 18, officers and Mt. Horeb Chapter, No. 20, 
Officers in their respective chapter rooms, at their regular convo- 
cations in January. 

By the time my term of office has expired I willl have visited 
the entire district three times, and as I retire I sincerely wish for 
my successor every success and may he be tendered the same kind 
hospitality and co-operation from the district, that contributed to 
make my term so pleasant and one I shall ever remember. 


R. Ex. Comp. David Albert Cox 
Wellington District No. 4 

It is with much pleasure that I submit this report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in this District. I first want to express 
my sincere thanks to the Companions of this District for the high 
honour they conferred on me in electing me Grand Superintendent 
for the year 1951-52, and also the Most Excellent, the Grand First 
Principal, Major A. G. N. Bradshaw for confirming the same— and 
to Ex. Comp. H. F. Wismer whom I appointed as my Secretary 
and who accompanied me on all of my Visitations and rendered 
me great Assistance. 

On May 5th, I sent out a Circular Letter to all Chapters in 
District No. 4, announcing my Election to Superintendent of this 
District, asking each to submit a date which to them, would be 
convenient for my Visitation, also to send a copy of all Notices of 
Meetings to the Grand Z, and Grand Scribe E. 

On May 11th, I visited Bernard Chapter, Listowel a neighbour- 
ing District where Very Ex. Companion Blackmore was presented 
with a 50 Year Jewel, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. The 
presentation was made by the Most Excellent, the Grand First 
Principal, Major A. G. N. Bradshaw. 


On June 21st, I made my Official Visit to Durham Chapter, the 
M.E.M. Degree was conferred in a most creditable manner, the 
Officers and Members showing good interest in their Chapter 

September 12th, I visited Shelburne Chapter where the M.M.M. 
Degree was exemplified in a most creditable manner, they also had 
three applications on hand. 

I visited Kitchener on October 5th, where the M.E.M. Degree 
was worked in a very creditable manner and good interest shown 
by all the Companions. 

On October 9th, I paid my Official Visit to Enterprise Chapter, 
Palmers ton, on this occasion, no degree was put on, but I had seen 
all the degrees worked during the season and their work was of a 
good standard. There was a good number of visitors present, in- 
cluding Rt. Ex. Companion R. E. MacLennan, Grand Superintend- 
ent of District No. 6. 

On October 12th, I paid my Official Visit to Guelph Chapter 
where the R.A.M. Degree was conferred and was of a high standard. 

October 15th, I visited Gait Chapter where the M.M.M. Degree 
was conferred in a most creditable manner. Chapter Activities of 
interest shown by all Companions. I had the pleasure of meeting 
at this Convocation, a Past High Priest from the State of Mass. 
in the person of Harold B. Crossman. 

October 16th, I visited Preston Chapter where the R.A.M. de- 
gree was worked in a most creditable manner and good interest 
shown by the Companions. Owing to the absence of the ruling Z 
through an operation, Ex. Comp. Schmidendorf took the First 
Principal's Chair. 

On October the 18th, I visited Georgetown, where the R.A.M. 
Degree was exemplified in a most impressing manner, all Officers 
very efficient. 

October 23rd, I visited Orangeville Chapter, where the M.E.M. 
Degree was worked most creditably, the officers very efficient and 
the spirit of Companions good. 

I was received in all Chapters most cordially. 


Ex. Companion Wismer, my Secretary accompanied me on all 
visitations and rendered me very efficient support of which I am 
very grateful. 

I had the honour and pleasure of presenting two 25 year jewels 
on my visitation to Kitchener and also one 25 year Jewel on my 
visitation to Guelph. A very pleasant hour was spent in the banquet 
hall on each occasion. 

In conclusion I want to thank all the Chapters in the District 
for their support and kindness shown me during my term of Office, 
I shall ever remember the happy memories of my term of Office as 
your representative as Grand Superintendent. 


R. Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood 
Hamilton District No. 5 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent of Hamilton 
District No. 5, draws to a close it is a pleasure for me to submit 
my report on the conditions and activities of Royal Arch Masonry 
in this district. 

I wish first to express my appreciation to the Principals and 
Past Principals of the District for the high honour conferred upon 
me by them in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent, 
and to the Most Excellent the Grand Z. A. G. N. Bradshaw for con- 
firming the same. 

To Ex. Comp. George Lambert who very kindly accepted my 
invitation to act as District Secretary, I also wish to express my 
appreciation for the assistance he has rendered in performing the 
duties of this important office, he has accompanied me on all my 
visits, and has performed his duties in a most capable manner. 

My inspection visits were as follows: 

Sept. 18— The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton, Ont. 
Sept. 28— Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario. 
Oct. 1— Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ontario. 
Oct. 17-White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville, Ontario. 
Oct. 18— St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ontario. 
Oct. 23— Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ontario. 
Nov. 8— St. John's Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton, Ontario. 


Nov. 12— McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ontario. 
Feb. 19— Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster, Ontario. 

On each occasion I was received most cordially with Grand 
Honours and given a very warm welcome as the representative of 
the Grand First Principal, and the loyalty towards Grand Chapter 
was expressed by all the Companions. 

On all my visits of inspection I witnessed the conferring of 
degrees, and the work is being done in a very good manner through- 
out the district and I was privileged to speak to the Companions 
on the work of the evening. I also stressed the need and usefulness 
of committees as they affected each chapter and urged the Com- 
panions to work as a team in order to promote the best interest of 
Royal Arch Masonry. 

On the occasion of my visit to McKay Chapter it was my happy 
privilege on behalf of the Grand First Principal to present to Rt. 
Ex. Comp. John Lee his 25 year Past Principal's Jewel. Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Lee has been an active member of McKay Chapter since its 
founding and still is an active officer being Scribe E. 

Hamilton District has been greatly honoured in having the 
good fortune of enjoying two official visits by the Grand First 

On November 15th St. Clair Chapter, No. 75 celebrated their 
seventy fifth anniversary it was marked by the presence of the Grand 
First Principal who thus honoured the District accompanied by Rt. 
Ex. Comp. J. M. Taylor, Grand Second Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Fred J. Johnson, Grand Scribe E. and Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark 
of the Grand Executive Committee and again on November 20th 
M. Ex. Comp. Bradshaw presided at a meeting of The Hamilton 
Chapter, No. 75, assisted by past and present Grand Chapter officers 
when Companion and Past Grand Master M. Wor. Bro. T. H. 
Simpson was installed as a Past Ex. First Principal. On each of these 
occasions Most Excellent Comp. A. N. Bradshaw gave a most in- 
spiring address. 

Divine Service for the District was held Sunday, November 4th 
at Laidlaw Memorial United Church, Hamilton. The service was 
conducted by Bro. The Rev. J. A. Tuer, M.A,. B.D., Minister of the 
church and was well attended by the Companions and their ladies, 


amongst whom was Most Excellent Companion Fred Dean, Past 
Grand Z. 

The condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Hamilton District, 
No. 5 is quite favourable and is on a sound basis. In every Chapter 
visited there was evidence of sincere effort of all officers and Com- 
panions this is undoubtedly the reason for the Chapters being in a 
healthy condition both financially and fraternally. 

In closing I wish to thank all the Companions throughout the 
District for their loyal support and kindness shown me and I shall 
ever treasure the many' happy memories of my term of office as 
Grand Superintendent. 


R. Ex. Comp. K. Murray MacLennan 
Huron District No. 6 

It is with much pleasure, I submit my report on the activities 
and conditions of Capitular Masonry in Huron District, No. 6. 

To the Ruling Principals of this district I wish to express my 
very deep appreciation of the honor conferred upon Lebanon 
Chapter and myself, in electing me to this high office and to the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for his confirmation of 
my election. 

Immediately following my election I appointed Ex. Comp. K. 
H. Saxton as my secretary and I extend to him my sincere thanks 
for the able manner in which he performed his duties. He ac- 
companied me on all my official visits, I would also like to express 
my appreciation to all the past Grand Superintendents in the 
districts who in any way helped me during my term of office. 

My inspection visits were as follows: 

June 11— St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys. 

June 12— Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow. 

June 15— Havelock Chapter,, No. 63, Kincardine. 

Oct. 12— Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel 

Oct. 15-Mallock Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth 

Oct. 16-Huron, No. 30, Goderich 
Nov. 6-Elliot Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell 


Nov. 20— Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham 

Nov. 23— Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford 

Dec. 4— Chastry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton 

On each inspection visit I was received most cordially with 

Grand Honours and given a very warm welcome as the Represent- 
ative of the Grand First Principal. 

On each of my visits a degree was conferred, except in the case 
of one chapter and at this one the election of officers took place. 
I found the conditions of all the Chapters encouraging but some 
showed some lack of enthusiasm. 

On each of my visits I was privileged to speak to the Com- 
panions on the work of the evening and hope I have left some 
useful thoughts with the Companions. 

On June 22 the Companions of Bernard and Lebanon Chapters 
visited St. Georges Chapter, London, and conferred the R.A.M. 
with members from both chapters doing a splendid job. 

At the December meeting at Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, the 
R.A.M. was conferred by the officers of St. Georges Chapter, Lon- 
don, with Rt. Ex. Comp. B. Stothers acting as First Principal. As 
one of the candidates for this evening was a brother of Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Stothers, it was very appropriate, and Companions of both 
chapters enjoyed it, as well as several visiting Companions. 

During the year the Companions were shocked in hearing 
of the death of our Immediate Past Grand Supt. in the person of 
Rt. Ex. Comp. William Elliott, Mitchell, Ont. 

On my inspection of Lebanon Chapter I was pleased to have 
Rt. Ex. Comp. David Cox, Grand Superintendent of Wellington 
District, No. 4, assist me during the evening. 

My year has been an interesting one for me and would again 
like to think of the officers and Companions for their very kind 
co-operation during my term of office. 


R. Ex. Comp. Orland Merritt Krick 
Niagara District No. 7 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent of Niagara 
District No. 7, draws to a close, it is with great pleasure that I present 


my report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry for 1951-1952. 

First of all I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Principals 
and Past Principals of the Chapters of Niagara District, No. 7, for 
their support in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent 
and to Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw our Grand 
First Principal for confirming my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. The Reverend 
E. C. McCullagh as District Secretary, who so graciously accepted 
the position. 

I also wish at this time to express my great appreciation for 
the assistance he has rendered to Royal Arch Masonry and myself 
in performing the duties of this important office. 

I am also especially grateful to the Companions of McCalluna 
Chapter for their loyal support in accompanying me on all my official 
visits and also unofficial visits. 

I was enabled to visit each chapter at least once and most of 
them twice during my term of office. On every occasion as repre- 
sentative of the Most Excellent The Grand First Principal I was 
received in a most kind and courteous manner and in all cases 
found that the ritualistic work was well done, with the officers 
interpreting the ritual to the candidates in a very efficient manner. 

I submit herewith a list of my Official Visits of Inspection in 

Sept. 21— Mount Nebo, Chapter No. 76, Niagara Falls 

Oct. 1— Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby 

Oct. 12— Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines 

Nov. 2— Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Nov. 7-Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland 

Nov. 13— Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie 

Nov. 26-Smithville Chapter, No. 240, Smithville 

Dec. 6— King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, Port Colborne 

Dec. 17-McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville 

One of the highlights of my year as Grand Superintendent was 
the first Royal Arch Divine Service ever to be held in Niagara Dist- 
rict No. 7. We felt that to make this Service a success we should hold 
it in a central place for the convenience of the Companions and 
so decided to hold same in Welland. 


With the aid of some of the companions of Willson Chapter 
we were able to secure St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Welland, 
and also "The Crusaders Male Choir" under the direction of organ- 
ist Earl Rounds. 

My worthy secretary The Reverend E. C. McCullagh preached 
a most excellent sermon on Royal Arch Masonry his subject being 
"The Stone Which the Builders Rejected" and was so well received 
by approximately 200 Companions and it has now been decided to 
hold another Divine Service in 1952 at Niagara Falls, Royal Arch 
Masonry appears to be on the increase in Niagara District, No. 7 
with some Chapters showing a decided improvement in membership. 
Also the quality of candidates are of a high standard and the pros- 
pects for 1952 appears to be good. 

On the death of our beloved King and Brother His Majesty 
King George VI and having instructions from our Grand Scribe E, 
I immediately wrote all the Chapters in my district requesting that 
each Chapter observe two minutes silence at their next regular 
meeting in His memory and that they drape their Charters as a 
period of mourning for six months. 

I also attended the regular convocation of McCallum Chapter 
?n February 18th, when the companions of that chapter held a 
Memorial Service in his memory. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my gratitude to the Compan- 
ions of each Chapter and offer my best wishes for their future suc- 
cess and may my successor in office receive the same courtesies dur- 
ing his term as I have received during mine. 


R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Pickles 
Toronto East District No. 8 

It gives me much pleasure to present my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in this district. 

In presenting my report may I first express my sincere thanks 
and appreciation for the honour confered upon University Chapter, 
by the Excellent Companions of Toronto District, No. 8, in electing 
me to the Office of Grand Superintendent, also to the Grand first 


Principal Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, for his confirmation 
of my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint my Brother Ex. Comp. 
Ernest Pickles as my secretary, and for his untiring efforts, and 
whole-hearted co-operation, I offer my sincere appreciation. 

To the Grand Chapter Officers and Principals of the Chapters 
in this district I would at this time express my many thanks for their 
advice and council during my term of office. 

To our Grand Scribe E. Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Johnson, I express 
my personal gratitude for his co-operation, advice and guidance 
during my term of office. 

Following the instructions of the Grand Chapter I called a 
meeting of the principals of the chapters in the district which was 
held in the East Toronto Masonic Temple at which a goodly 
number of the principals were in attendance and the following 
schedule was arranged. 

May 1 1 -York Chapter, No. 62 

May 18— Aurora Chapter, No. 235 

June 14— Succoth Chapter, No. 135 

Oct. 1 -St. Andrew & St. John Chapter, No. 4 

Oct. 2— University Chapter, No. 241 

Oct. 3-Victoria Chapter, No. 205 

Oct. 1 0-Beaver Chapter, No. 225 

Oct. 1 7-St. Albans Chapter, No. 2 1 7 

Oct. 19-The St. Patrick's Chapter, No. 145 

Oct. 25— King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8 

Nov. 5— Beaches Chapter, No. 163 

Nov. 14-St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65 

Nov. 28-Orient Chapter, No. 79 

On all my visits, I was received most cordially, as the represent- 
ative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, there was a 
very fine feeling displayed on all my visits, and an expression of loy- 
alty to the Grand Chapter which made my visits very pleasant. 

I sent a copy of my report to each first principal of the Chapter 
I visited, and a letter of encouragement and suggestions to aid their 
respective Chapters. 


My reports to the Grand Scribe E, will indicate that the degrees 
were conferred by the various Chapter Officers in a very able man- 
ner, and the candidates were very much impressed. 

I called for Chapters to volunteer, to confer the three degrees 
under schools of instruction, and the following Chapters undertook 
this work: — 

Mark Master Degree University Chapter 

Most Excellent Master Beaver Chapter 


Royal Arch Degree The St. Patrick's Chapter 

The chairs were occupied by ruling and past Principals of the 
District, who very efficient in the way they conferred these degrees, 
I may say that at all the Chapters I visited the past principals were 
out in goodly numbers, and they are the back bone of any Chapter. 

I am happy to report that all Chapters in this district are fortun- 
ate in having very efficient Scribes E, the books and records being 
maintained in accordance with regulations, and with neatness and 

It was my privilege to occupy the chair of first principal in 
The St. Patrick's Chapter on their Grand Chapter night, when the 
Grand Chapter Officers conferred the degree of the evening which 
was done with despatch and accuracy. 

I was present at the reception given by St. Alban's Chapter on 
November 21st to the Rt. Ex. Comp. John H. House on his elevation 
to the chair of Grand Third Principal J., I spent a very enjoyable 
evening on this occasion, and extend to Rt. Ex. Comp. House my 
very best wishes for a successful term of office. 

I was also privileged to attend King Solomon's Chapter on 
November 22nd, at which the Grand First Principal, invested V. 
Ex. Comp. Fred Hutchinson with his regalia as G.M. 2nd Veil, also 
Comp. S. G. Tinker, Scribe E with the Grand Chapter Distinguished 
Service Medal, on this occasion the H.R.A. Degree was conferred 
by the Past Principal's of the Chapter. 

On November 30th I attended Divine Service in the Holy 
Blossom Temple with the Grand Superintendent of District number 
8A and the Companions of that district, together with a large group 
of Royal Arch Masons from District No. 8, the lovely service con- 


ducted by Rabbi Fienberg was enjoyed by all present. 

The Past Principals of the Chapters in the district appear to 
be supporting their respective Chapters, and giving of their time 
and knowledge to help the junior officers in the work. 

Ex. Comp. Ernest Pickles, my secretary, reports that the books 
and records of all Chapters in the district are well kept and up 
to date, and that information requested was readily available, he also 
reports that a healthy financial condition prevails, and the average 
attendance is increasing. 

The St. Patrick's Chapter, were good enough to permit me to 
hold a district divine service, co-incident with their own annual 
event, on March 23rd at Eglinton Avenue United Church, the 
pastor, Ex. Comp. Dr. W. J. Johnston, of the St. Patrick's Chapter 
delivered a very inspiring sermon. 

The work done by the Royal Arch Welfare Committee is to be 
commended, their activities in transporting underprivileged Child- 
ren to the Bronte Summer Camp, and their donation of comforts 
and entertainment to the Veterans at the Red Chevron Hospital are 
well worthy of the support of all the Companions. 

I shall not pass this way again 
So let me now relieve some pain 
Remove some burden from the road 
Or lighten someones heavy load 
A helping hand to this one lend 
Then turn some other to befriend. 

The Principals Association of the Districts 8 and 8A are still 
rendering a very valuable service in advice and instruction to the 
Chapters of the districts, in this jurisdiction. 

To Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. Samuel Perlman, Grand Superintendent 
Toronto District, No. 8A I wish to express my sincere thanks for the 
many kindnesses shown to me during my term of office and the 
friendly fraternal visits we have made together. 

In serving as your Grand Superintendent, I have been broad- 
ened and enriched by the wealth of affectionate friendship that has 
come to me. 

I have met the responsibilities and discharged the duties to the 
best of my ability, I sincerely trust that my humble endeavours to 


perform the important duties connected with this honorable office 
have met with the approval of the Companions of the district and 
that their confidence in me has not been misplaced. 

In handing this office over to my successor I wish him every good 
wish during his term of service. 


R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Perlman 

Toronto West District No. 8A 

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I submit my report as 

the Grand Superintendent of Toronto District 8A, to the Most 

Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

In presenting this report, may I express my sincere thanks and 
appreciation for the honour conferred upon me by the Companions 
of Toronto District 8A, in electing me to this high office of Grand 
Superintendent by acclamation and also my appreciation to the 
Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Companion Alexander Noel 
Bradshaw, for his confirmation of my election. 

It was my happy duty and privilege to appoint Ex. Comp. 
Samuel Abrams as my Secretary, which has proven a happy and 
profitable choice. He has been a most faithful and efficient Secretary, 
and his advice and assistance invaluable. For his untiring efforts, 
I offer my sincerest thanks and appreciation. 

To all present and past Grand Chapter Officers, Past Principals 
and Companions of the District, I express my sincere thanks for 
their assistance, counsel and support so gracioulsy extended to me 
during my term of office. 

May I also at this time take the liberty of expressing my per- 
sonal gratitude to the Grand Scribe E, for his co-operation, guidance 
and timely advice during my term of office as Grand Superintendent. 

I called a District Meeting on May 7th, 1951, which was held 
at the Masonic Temple, 491 College Street, with all Chapters of 
the district being represented by the Principals and Companions. 
District business was discussed and a general explanation given as 
to the requirements expected by the Grand Chapter. Also at this 
meeting, a schedule of official visits of Inspection was arranged, as 
follows: — 


June 28-Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto 

Sept. 27— Toronto Antiquity, No. 91, Toronto 

Sept. 18-King Cyrus, No. 232, Toronto 

Oct. 2— Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton 

Oct. 3-Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto 

Oct. 9— Shekina Chapter, No. 138, Toronto 

Oct. 1 1 -The St. Clair Chapter, No. 23 1 , Toronto 

Oct. 12— Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto 

Oct. 17— Lebanon Chaper, No. 220, Lambton Mills 

Oct. 19-Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston 

Nov. 6— Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto 

Nov. 7— Mimico Chapter, No. 215, Mimico 

Nov. 27-Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, Port Credit 

Also arranged School of Instruction- 
Mount Sinai Chapter Mark Master Mason's Degree Feb. 5, 1952 

Mimico Chapter Holy Royal Arch Degree Feb. 6, 1952 

Ulster Chapter Most Excellent Master Degree Feb. 28, 1952 

These were followed by questions and discussions. 

Also a District Divine Service was arranged by Mount Sinai 
Chapter, No. 212, and held at Holy Blossom Temple at Bathurst 
and Ava Road, Friday evening, November 30, 1951. Rabbi Abraham 
Feinberg officiated which was greatly appreciated by the large turn- 
out of Companions and their lady friends. 

On all my official visits I was received most cordially as the 
representative of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal 
and the spirit of Companionship which prevailed at all convocations 
was commendable. Degree work was exemplified in all Chapters. 
Reports submitted to Grand Scribe E. will indicate that the De- 
grees were conferred by Chapter Officers, and in a few cases substi- 
tutes had to be called on the last minute. I advocated that the 
Manual of Instruction should be followed regardless how it was 
done in the past, so that uniformity should prevail in all Chapters 
exemplifying degree work. 

Royal Arch Masonry in Toronto District 8A had a good year 
and most Chapters showed gains over last year and there should be 
good and efficient officers if and when each Chapter will recognize 
their merits and encourage them to take office. 

Ex. Comp. Samuel Abrams, my Secretary, reports that the books 
and records of all Chapters in the district are well kept and are up 


to date and that returns to Grand Chapter are punctual. Information 
requested was readily available. Financial conditions of the Chap- 
ters are improving and all are trying their best to make a success 
in Capitular Masonry. 

Of the thirteen Chapters in the district, I attended to twelve 
Installations and Investitures of Officers, and I want to congratulate 
the Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers and Past Principals 
who conducted the Installation Ceremonies in a most efficient and 
capable manner. 

Besides the Inspection and Installation ceremonies, I also at- 
tended in May The St. Clair Chapter, when they were host to Most 
Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, Rt. Ex. Comp. Leslie 
J. Colling, Grand Registrar, was invested with his Royal Arch 
Regalia and Comp. Lowe was awarded the meritorious medal. On 
September 26th, I attended a field day at Collingwood, conducted 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. Eagles, Grand Superintendent of District 9, and 
was given a hearty welcome. 

On November 14, 1 visited Beaver Chapter, when Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Walter Brackner was invested with his Royal Arch Regalia. 

On November 16th, visited with the St. Patrick Chapter at 
their Inspection Night. 

On November 21st, visited with St. Albans Chapter at the 
Reception to Rt. Ex. Comp. John House. 

On November 22nd, visited with King Solomon Chapter at the 
reception to the Grand First Principal, A. N. Bradshaw. 

Visited with St. Paul's Chapter on their Installation and In- 
vestiture and assisted in Installation Ceremonies. 

Attended with Occident Chapter on their annual visit to Hiram 
Chapter in Hamilton. 

Attended the St. Patrick Chapter, on March 21st, on their Irish 

Attended with Beaver Chapter and the St. Patrick Chapter 
when they exemplified the degrees of M. E. Master and the Holy 
Royal Arch degree in their School of Instructions. 

Attended on March 14th, Occident Chapter on their 75th Anni- 
versary. Attended Orient Chapter on March 26, on their 75th 


Anniversary. These invitations I was pleased to accept and was 
graciously received and most heartily welcomed. 

The Royal Arch Welfare had a very successful year and the 
committee in charge of these functions deserve a lot of credit in 
expending of their time for the welfare and happiness that they 
brought to the underprivileged mothers and children for a brief 
vacation at Bronte and the cheer and fellowship shown to the 
veterans at the "Red Chevron Soldiers Home." A worthy con- 
sideration of every Royal Arch Mason. I hereby wish to express 
my personal thanks to the committee for their untiring efforts. 


The Principals Association of Toronto, District 8 and 8A, are 
rendering a service of advice and instruction to the Chapters of 
these districts and are to be congratulated on their wonderful work. 

In summing up, I would respectfully submit that while my 
individual reports of each Chapter would convey that the condition 
of Royal Arch Masonry in this district is good, I would appreciate 
a little more enthusiasm by the Junior Officers in the rendition of 
the ritual, an improved attendance, and a little more effort by the 
Senior Officers to the newly advanced candidates that their desire 
to proceed and attend convocations, and finally to proceed to take 

I have visited each chapter at least twice and it is with a great 
deal of pleasure that I report a satisfactory situation exists in 
Toronto District 8A. 

In conclusion I express my very deep feeling of gratification to 
all Chapters for the kindness and co-operation which has at all 
times been extended to me. This has been a constant source of in- 
spiration and has done more towards enabling me to give the district 
the best possible service commensurate with my qualification and 

To my successor I extend my heartiest congratulations and be- 
speak for him the same co-operation and kindness I have enjoyed 
and assure him my whole-hearted support, that he may desire of me. 
As I reach the end of my administration, as Grand Superintendent, 
it is with mixed feelings, overwhelming gratitude for the courage 


and appreciation of the loyal, enthusiastic response and co-operation, 
And finally, if I have succeeded in leaving some thought, some 
inspiration with the Chapters or individuals as I have journeyed 
amongst you; if I have done some act, or said some word that will 
count for good, then I shall feel that my efforts have not been in 


R. Ex. Comp. Charles Percival Eagles 
Georgian District, No. 9 

First, I wish to thank the Grand First Principal, Most Excellent 
Companion Major A. G. N. Bradshaw for accepting my appoint- 
ment. Also to thank the Companions of Georgian District for their 
confidence in me by appointing me to the office of Grand 

My first act was to appoint Excellent Companion Alden French 
as District Secretary, and Companion Rev. J. H. Olmsted, District 

May 31st, 1951, 1 called a meeting of the present First Principals 
and Past District Superintendents to be held at San-Mar-Lodge at 
7 p.m. where dinner was served with twenty-nine in attendance. 
After dinner, a round table conference was held and subjects of 
interest discussed, including dates for visitations. It was decided 
to hold a District Field Day in the Masonic Temple, Collingwood, 
which is the most central point in the District, with the different 
Chapters conferring the various Degrees. Most Excellent Compan- 
ion Major A. G. N. Bradshaw, the Grand First Principal and Rt. 
Excellent Companion Fred }. Johnson the Grand Scribe E as guests 
of Honour on a date suitable to them, which was September the 
Twenty-Sixth 1951 at Two-Thirty p.m. 

I am proud to say it proved to be a huge success with all Chap- 
ters of the District well represented, as were Chapters from other 
Districts, namely: — 

Minnesota Chapter, No. 1, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. 
Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ontario 
Mt. Sinai Chapter, No. 212 Toronto, Ontario 
King Solomon Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ontario 


Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham, Ontario. 
London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ontario 
Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills, Ontario 

The guest of honour and speaker, Most Excellent Companion 
Bradshaw was accompanied by the Grand Scribe E, Rt. Excellent 
Companion Fred J. Johnson, Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. Samuel Permian, 
Grand Superintendent of District No. 8A, Toronto, was also present. 

At two-thirty p.m. on the above date, Lodge opened in the 
Mark Master Degree. Couchiching Chapter being first on the 
agenda conferred this Degree on a class of candidates in most ex- 
cellent form and closed the Lodge. 

Manitou Chapter then opened in the Most Excellent Master 
Degree and conferred the same in a most able manner, and closed 
in that Degree at Five Forty-Five p.m. 

One hundred and forthy Brethren and Companions were escort- 
ed to the Presbyterian Church Assembly Hall where a dinner awaited 
them. After the banquet, the guest speaker Most Excellent Com- 
panion Bradshaw gave an address that was greatly enjoyed and 
appreciated by every one present. He also presented a twenty-five 
year Past First Principal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. Colonel E. Clarke, 
one of Manitou Chapters oldest Past First Principals. Rt. Excellent 
Companion Fred J. Johnson also gave a short and interesting ad- 
dress on the duties of officers of Royal Arch Masonry and outlined 
his recent visit to Sister Chapters in the Yukon Territory. 

At eight fifteen, P.M. Manitou Chapter opened in the Royal 
Arch Degree and after a short business session, Signet Chapter, No. 
34, of Barrie, occupied the chairs and conferred the Royal Arch 
Degree in a capable manner. Before closing Most Excellent Com- 
panion Bradshaw thanked the officers and Companions for the 
very cordial reception extended to him on this his visit to Georgian 
District, and hoped to return in the not too distant future. Rt. 
Excellent Companion Fred J. Johnson presented the golden triangle 
and Chapter closed in regular form at eleven-forty-five p.m. 

During my term of office, I was properly received and warmly 
welcomed by each Chapter when making my official visits of in- 
spection. Degrees being conferred on every occasion in splendid 
form, and keen interest shown in Royal Arch Masonry throughout 
the District. The dates of my official visits were as follows: 


Oct. 12, 1951-Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia 
Nov. 13, 1951 -Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie 
Jan. 15, 1952— Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound 
Jan. 22, 1952-Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton 
Feb. 8, 1952— Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland 
Feb. 22, 1952-Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood 

On November twenty-third, 1952, I had the honour of present- 
ing a twenty-five year Past First Principals Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
J. M. H. McGuire of Penetanguishene, Ontario, also on February 
eighth, a twenty-five year Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. R. R. Wilson and 
V. Ex. Comp. H. J. Thompson, all of Kichikewana Chapter, Mid- 
land, Ontario. On February sixteenth, it gave me a great deal of 
pleasure to have the honour of presentting a fifty year Royal Arch 
Masons Jewel to Companion W. P. Telford of Georgian Chapter, 
No. 56, Owen Sound. 

In conclusion, I wish to thank all the officers and Companions 
of the District who have in many ways assisted me in the work, 
making my term as Grand Superintendent of Georgian District, 
No. 9, a memorable event in my Masonic career, which I shall always 


R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Thomas Nayler, 
Prince Edward District, No. 1 1 

As my term of office draws to a close it gives me great pleasure 
to submit my report on conditions of Capitular Masonry in this 
grand old district. 

I would first like to express my appreciation to the Excellent 
Companions of my own chapter and of the district who by their 
support elected me to that high office and to Most Ex. Comp. 
Bradshaw for confirming the same. 

I appointed Ex. Comp. D. Kernohan as district secretary, an 
office he fulfilled in a very capable manner. He accompanied me 
on all official visits as well as on numerous other occasions. I also 
wish to express my appreciation to Companions of Madoc Chapter 
who showed their interest by attending many of these meetings. 


On May 17th, a meeting was held in Madoc to which 1st 
Principals and Scribe "E" of each chapter in the district were in- 
vited as well as P.G.S. A goodly number attended and the in- 
structions received at Grand Chapter were explained and the dates 
for official visits were set as follows: — 

June 19— Presqu'ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton 

Oct. 15— Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton 

Oct. 16— St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, Trenton 

Oct. 17— Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee 

Oct. 25— Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling 

Nov. 6.— Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville 

Nov. 25-Madoc Chapter, No. 161, Madoc 

Dec. 10-Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville. 

On May 25th the Principals Association of this district held 
their spring meeting which was attended by a large number of en- 
thusiastic Ex. Comps. After much discussion it was decided to hold 
a field day in the fall. Belleville was selected as the site and various 
committees were appointed to have charge of degree work, entertain- 
ment, banquet, etc. 

September 16th, District Divine Service was held in United 
Church, Madoc, at 11 a.m. Over eighty Companions attended. A 
very inspiring message was delivered by Bro. Rev. Lane. After 
service the Companions were invited to a basket lunch at my 
cottage, Moira Lake, of which a number of Companions with their 
families availed themselves and enjoyed the boating afterwards. 

On September 27th, this district was honored by a visit from 
Most Ex. Comp. Bradshaw, who was accompanied by our Grand 
Scribe '"E" Rt. Ex. Comp. F. Johnson. The meeting was held at 
Napanee, Mount Sinai Chapter being hosts. At the convocation 
M. Ex. Comp. Bradshaw preesnted 50 year Jewels to two brothers, 
Rt. Ex. Comp. E. J. Walters and Rt. Ex. Comp. C. A. Walters. At 
the banquet following M. Ex Comp Bradshaw delivered a very in- 
structive and inspiring address for which the Companions were duly 
appreciative Rt. Ex. Comp. N. Armstrong, Grand Superintendent 
of Frontenac district was a guest and responded to the toast "Our 

FIELD DAY: On November 28th, Companions from all 
chapters in this district converged on the beautiful Masonic Temple 
in Belleville, where at 2.30 p.m. a lodge of M.M.M. was formed by 


Companions from Moira, St. Mark's, Keystone and Presqu'ile 
Chapters and ten candidates received the honorary degree of 
M.M.M. At 4.30 p.m. a lodge of M.E.M. was formed by Com- 
panions from Quinte Friendship, Mount Sinai, Prince Edward and 
Madoc Chapters and thirty candidates were received and acknow- 
ledged as M.E.M. At 6.30 p.m. approximately three hundred Com- 
panions assembled in the banquet hall to partake of a venison supper 
and to hear an eloquent and inspiring address given by M. Ex. 
Comp. F. Dean. Moira Chapter opened at 8.30 p.m. and the offices 
were taken over by R. Ex. Companions of the district and assisted 
by M. Ex. Comp. F. Dean, thirty candidates were raised to the Su- 
preme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. 

My thanks to the members of the various committees who by 
their endeavours made this first field day in this district such an out- 
standing success. Special thanks to Mrs. Smith, wife of Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Bruce Smith, who cooked the venison donated by her hus- 
band and myself, in such a manner that expressions of appreciation 
were received from all quarters. 

On my official visits I was received with the dignity and respect 
as the representative of the Most Excellent First Principal. 
In seven chapters degrees were conferred in a very capable manner. 
The one, exception was held shortly after field day and I gladly 
concurred in the request that a degree be dispensed with as it was 
the election of officers and I knew from previous experience that the 
affairs of this chapter were in excellent hands. 

In January, assisted by Ex. Comps. from Madoc Chapter I in- 
stalled and invested the officers for 1952 of Keystone and Madoc 

On my official visit to Mount Sinai Chapter, Bro. Fred Bell 
and his three sons received the honorary degree of Mark Master 
Mason. This is something I will always remember. At the time 
of writing this report I have accepted an invitation to be present and 
assist in raising the FOUR BELLS to the Supreme Degree of the 
Holy Royal Arch. May this quartette be long spared to enjoy the 
associations with their Companions. 

During the year 1951-52 Capitular Masonry in Prince Edward 
District has had a banner year. Every chapter have had several 
candidates. The work was put on in a very efficient manner and 


is practically uniform throughout the district. Three Chapters have 
revised their by-laws. 

In conclusion I wish to convey my sincere appreciation and 
thanks to the Companions of this district who so ably supported 
every project put forward for the benefit of Capitular Masonry and 
specially to the Rt. Ex. Companions who were always ready with 
action as well as advice when called upon. To them great credit is 
due and I know they as well as myself will give the same loyal sup- 
port to the next incumbent of this high office. 


R. Ex. Comp. Lawrence Noble Armstrong 
St. Lawrence District, No. 12 

As my term of office as Grand Supt., draws to a close, it is a 
great pleasure for me to submit for your consideration, my report 
on the condition and activities of Royal Arch Masonry in this 

At first, I desire to express my appreciation to the Principals and 
Past Principals of St. Lawrence District, for the high honour they 
conferred upon me by unanimously electing me as Grand Supt., 
and also to thank the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for 
confirming my election. 

To Ex. Comp. Ernest Harris of Kingston, who very kindly 
accepted my invitation to act as District Secretary, I also wish at 
this time to express my appreciation for the great assistance he has 
given to the Royal craft, and myself, in faithfully performing the 
duties of that important office. His keen interest in Masonry has 
been of great service to me and our visits have been most congenial. 

I am also most appreciative of Rt. Ex. Comp. Harvey J. Milne 
of Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, also Rt. Ex. 
Comp. E. A. Cook of Grenville Chapter, No. 22, and Rt. Ex. Comp. 
J. Neil MacMillan, Leeds, No. 132, who also accompanied me on 
many of my visits and this is real companionship. 

St. Lawrence District has been greatly honoured during the 
past year by having the good fortune of enjoying a visit from the 
Most Ex. the Grand First Principal at our Annual International 
Night in Cornwall on Sept. 28, 1951, when he was one of the Prin- 


cipal speakers, as well as the Grand First Principal of the Province 
of Quebec, and the Grand High Priest of the State of New York. 

I was personally honoured on that occasion by being asked to 
propose the Toast to the Royal Arch Masons of New York; when 
over 800 Companions from New York State, Ontario and Quebec 
enjoyed a splendid Dinner Meeting. We were also honoured on that 
occasion by having our Past Grand First Principal, Most Excellent 
Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts on the program. 

My visits to neighboring Districts included Divine Service at 
Smith's Falls, in Ottawa District, No. 13, with Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
E. T. Wood on May 20, 1951, also attending a Reception and Dinner 
in Mount Sinai Chapter in Napanee on Sept. 27th with Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Ed. T. Naylor; and given to honour our Grand Z., A. G. N. 
Bradshaw and Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Grand Scribe E. 

There were two Divine Services held in St. Lawrence District 
during the year, one at Maitland Chapter, No. 68 in Kemptville 
on May 27th, also our District Service at Prescott by Grenville Chap- 
ter, No. 22 on October 14, 1951. 

This fine service was held in St. Paul's United Church, with 
the Pastor Very Ex. Comp. Rev. J. A. Payton in charge of the service 
at 11 a.m. 

A total of 94 Companions occupied the centre section of the 
Church at this regular service and we represented all Seven Chapters 
of the St. Lawrence District. We were all most appreciative to this 
energetic clergyman for his appropriate sermon to his Companions, 
also to the choir and organist, and to the Board of Management 
for their courtesies. 

At all my Official visits, I was most cordially received, and wel- 
comed with grand honours as the representative of The Grand 
First Principal. 

I have witnessed the THREE Degrees exemplified in the vari- 
ous Chapters in a very efficient and impressive manner; and all 
Chapters report an increase in applications received. Communi- 
cations to each Scribe E. have been promptly answered, and all 
Officers were in their places for the proper conferring of the Degree 
of the evening. All Chapters were opened promptly on time by 
the Regular Officers; but in view of the great length of St. Lawrence 


District, I would suggest that on the evening of the Visit of the 
Grand Supt., each Chapter be given a Dispensation to open at 7.30 
p.m. so as to be finished early enough to have more time in the 
Banquet Room, to become better acquainted with the Companions 
and not continue till long after the mid-night hour. 

I regret to report that one of our Grand Chapter Officers was 
called from his labours to the Grand Chapter above; on January 28, 
1952, in the person of Rt. Ex. Comp. William Alexander Bearance, 
a Life Member of Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, and 
one who was most active in many branches of Masonry in his native 
city of Kingston. I also report the passing of Right Excellent Comp. 
Will. C. Davy of St. Johns Chapter in Morrisburg. 

The following is a record of my Official Visitations: 

Oct. 1, 1951— Visit to Sussex-St. Lawrence, No. 59, Brockville 

Oct. 2, 1951— Past Principals Annual Meeting, Prescott. 

Oct. 14, 1951— District Divine Service, Prescott. 

May 27, 1951— Divine Service, Maitland Chapter, Kemptville 

Nov. 13, 1951— Visit to Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott. 

Nov. 16, 1951— Visit to Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui, No. 1, 

Nov. 21, 1951— Visit to Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall 
Nov. 27, 1951 -Visit Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque 
Jan. 8, 1952— Installation Ceremony Grenville Chapter, 

Feb. 15, 1952-Visit St. Johns Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg 

It was my privilege to visit Covenant Chapter, 113 in their new 
Temple, almost completed, which has a spacious Chapter Room, and 
has excellent facilities in their banquet room on the ground floor. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Clinton A. Markell has given to me all courtesies 
and valuable information from his preceding year as District Supt., 
and to him I extend my sincere apprecation, as well as to all Past 
Principals, Principals and Companions who accompanied me on 
my visits and were always most helpful when I needed advice. 

To Rt. Ex. Comp. Harvey J. Milne, and to Very Ex. Comp. 
Chas. H. Hall of my own Chapter, who assisted me in the Instal- 
lation Ceremony at the request of Grenville Chapter, No. 22, I am 
deeply grateful. This was climaxed by a Venison Dinner generously 
provided by the newly installed First Principal Excellent Com- 
panion Ed. McNally. 


Plans are almost completed for a District Chapter of Instruction 
to be held at Sussex-St. Lawrence, Chapter No. 59 in Brockville on 
March 29, 1952 and all Chapters will in all probability participate 
during the work of the afternoon and evening. There is consider- 
able enthusiasm seen and I anticipate an instructive and pleasant 
re-union that day. 


R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Troy Wood 
Ottawa District, No. 13 

It is a pleasure for me to submit my report on the condition of 
Capitular Masonry in this Ottawa District, No. 13. 

First, I desire to express my sincere thanks to the Companions 
of this District for the high honour they conferred on me by elect- 
ing me to the office of Grand Superintendent for the year 1951-52, 
and to Most Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, J. P., 
Grand Z., for confirming the same. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Alexander Fraser as 
my secretary and it proved to be a very wise choice. He accompanied 
me on every official visit and I extend to him my sincere thanks. To 
all Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers and Past Principals of 
the District, I express my appreciation for their assistance, counsel 
and support so graciously extended, to me. I wish also to mention 
Rt. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid, Chairman of Special Membership 
Committee, who accompanied me on nearly all my official visits 
and, during the banquet hour, gave a very stimulating address on 
how to increase the membership of Capitular Masonry. 

A District Chaplain was not appointed this year as we had the 
honour in our District of having Rt. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring F. 
Carruthers, of Ottawa, our Worthy Grand Chaplain, who so kindly 
attended to the spiritual requirements of the Companions of the 
District, as well as the Province. 

A District Divine Service sponsored by St. Francis Chapter 
was held at Smith's Falls Baptist Church on May 20th, 1951 at 11 
a.m. Rev. E. A. Smith delivered an impressive Masonic sermon 
and introduced the present Grand Superintendent. The large 
number of R.AM, present, together with Present and Past Grand 


Chapter Officers, must have been an impressive sight to the crowds 
that gathered to watch the procession on the way to church. 

One of the first duties was to call the First Principals together 
and give them the instructions from Grand Chapter. This meeting 
was held in Ottawa at the Masonic Temple on June 19, 1951, and 
afforded me the very pleasant opportunity of meeting, and becoming 
better acquainted with, the various Chapter First Principals. 

During the year we had many inter-Chapter visits as well as 
inter-Provincial visit when Carleton Chapter exchanged their annual 
visit with Fairmount Chapter of Montreal. I had the pleasure of 
accompanying Rt. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid and Companions of 
Carleton Chapter on their visit to Montreal. 

On September 28, 1951, through the kindness and courtesy of 
Most Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts, I had the privilege of at- 
tending International Night of Cornwall-Massena Masons, and had 
the pleasure of listening to the excellent address on the Grand Chap- 
ter of Canada by Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw. 

On all my official visits I was received most cordially as the 
representative of the Most Ex. the Grand First Principal. There 
was a warmth and depth of feeling displayed on all my visits and an 
expression of loyalty to Grand Chapter which made my visits very 
pleasant. The following day I sent a letter of congratulations and 
good wishes to the First Principal and Officers of the Chapter, to- 
gether with a copy of my report to Grand Chapter. Every Chapter 
visited had at least one candidate and I was able to witness the 
degree impressively demonstrated by the various Chapters. 

The schedule of my visits of inspection was arranged as follows: 

Sept. 20— Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke 

Sept. 27-Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa 

Oct. 1— Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior 

Oct. 5-St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill 

Oct. 1 1— Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte 

Oct. 15— Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew 

Oct. 18-Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth 

Oct. 26— Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville 

Nov. 7— Maple Chapter, No. 1 16, Carleton Place 

Nov. 16— St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smith's Falls 

Nov. 21— Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa 


Ex. Comp. Fraser, my secretary, advised me that the books 
and records of all the Chapters visited are well kept and up-to-date 
and that all information requested was readily available. The total 
number of M.M.M. Candidates for the year is 131, which is, I think, 
a very creditable showing. The candidates are all of very special 
calibre and I feel that these enthusiastic candidates, as well as the 
Chapters receiving them, are to be congratulated. On each visit, 
after the degree was conferred, I was given the opportunity of ad- 
dressing the Companions and I endeavoured to explain the work of 
the evening in detail, emphasizing the most interesting points to 
the companions and particularly, to the candidates. 

During my visits to the smaller Chapters, I endeavoured at the 
banquet hour to impress on them the importance of light refresh- 
ments and a social hour as the smaller the Chapter the greater the 
necessity for this friendly "get-together." 

Now I must report my great regret. During the past several 
years, Kitchener Chapter at Russel was reduced to the depths of 
despair. For several years, the Grand Superintendent put on a de- 
gree with visiting Companions, but every effort failed to revive the 
Chapter. To repeat the procedure again seems utterly useless. 
Nothing remains, in my opinion, but to move the Chapter to 
Chesterville, and only then, providing sufficient candidates can be 
interested. My good friend, Rt. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid is 
well acquainted with the conditions there and is, at present investi- 
gating in order that he may properly recommend to Grand Chapter 
a course of procedure for Capitular Masonry in that Chapter. 

I had the honour and privilege of installing the Officers of 
Granite Chapter, Almonte and of assisting Rt. Ex. Comp. E. A. 
Hunt with the installation ceremony in Laurentian Chapter. 

March 1st, 1952, was a great day in Ottawa when Ottawa Chap- 
ter, No. 222, celebrated its thirty-first birthday. During the after- 
noon the Holy Royal Arch degree was exemplified in perfect form. 
Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Z., honoured the Ottawa 
Valley with his presence, and in a very excellent and impressive 
manner demonstrated the most important part of the degree, as 
well as the closing charge. He also honoured Ottawa Chapter by 
accepting Honourary Membership in their Chapter. At 6 p.m. 
the Companions retired to the banquet hall where dinner was 
served. This was followed by a toast list comprising some of the 
most noted Capitular Masons of the Ottawa Valley and the Province 


of Quebec. Most Ex. Comp. C. McL. Pitts, P.G.Z., proposed the 
toast to Grand Chapter which was excellently responded to by Most 
Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw. 

In my own Chapter we had a very fine year and the Officers 
and Companions accompanied me in goodly numbers on my official 
visits. On September 20th, 1951, I made my official visit and was 
happy to welcome 25 new candidates to our Chapter. Special 
mention should be given to Ex. Comp. Arthur Leach and Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Cecil A. Bailey who sponsored 15 of these candidates. At 
our regular meeting in October, Bonnechere Chapter conferred the 
M.E.M. degree on the candidates. In November I had the pleasure 
of being host to the Officers and Companions of Carleton Chapter 
to dinner at a Pembroke hotel, after which they exalted our 
M.E.M.'s to the sublime degree of the Holy Royal Arch in a very 
impressive manner. 

The general condition of Capitular Masonry in the District 
is excellent. It is gratifying to see such an increase numerically 
as well as the best type of manhood received into our Chapters. In 
all cases, except the one mentioned previously, assets exceed liabil- 
ities and in our city Chapters quite substantially. We still have 
much room for improvement especially in membership in some of 
our smaller Chapters. This can be improved by a more positive 
attitude on the part of Chapter members towards the members and 
particularly the newer members of our Craft Lodges by making 
known to them the benefits and advantages of Chapter Membership. 

I desire to express my gratitude to the Grand Z., the Grand 
Scribe E., and Rt. Ex. Comp. Clarence A. Bailey, immediate Past 
Grand Superintendent of the District, for the courteous manner in 
which I have been treated by them, and for their invaluable assist- 
ance during my term of office. 

In conclusion, I feel I have made many lasting friendships 
throughout the District and I express my deep feelings of appreci- 
ation to all for the kindness and co-operation which has been ex- 
tended to me at all times. This inspiration has done much towards 
enabling me to give the District my best possible service commen- 
surate with my ability and qualifications, considering that I live at 
the extreme end of a district approximately 200 miles in length. 

I extend to my successor every good wish and know he will 
receive the same full measure of fellowship and co-operation that 


has been shown to me. Finally, I desire to thank every Companion 
and, especially those from my own Chapter, who so kindly accom- 
panied me on the occasions of my official visits. 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank Ryder 
Algoma District, No. 14 

It gives me great pleasure to submit my report on the condition 
of Royal Arch Masonry in Algoma District, No. 14. 

May I express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the high 
honour Conferred upon me by the Companions of this District for 
electing me to the Office of Grand Superintendent, and to the Most 
Ex. Grand Z, Major A. G. N. Bradshaw for his confirmation of 
my election. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Companion S. Hinch- 
cliffe as District Secretary, and am pleased to state that he was a 
source of inspiration and help to me throughout my term. 

Everywhere I made visits in this District I was received with 
Grand Honors, and with a welcome befitting a representative of 
Grand Chapter. They proved themselves worthy of the last charge 
'Thus shall the world see how dearly Masons love each other'. 

I am sorry to report, that with the exception of the Lakehead 
Chapters, I was late in commencing my official duties by hospital- 
ization. However, the intensity and earnestness of my reception 
later more than made amends. 

My first visit was made to my 'Mother' Chapter on June 4th, 
where I made a report of the proceedings at Grand Chapter Con- 
vocation as a Proxy delegate. As the retiring Scribe E. I witnessed 
the ballot and installation of Ex. Comp. G. H. Iddon into that 

On September 19th, I officially visited Shuniah Chapter, which 
is like "home" to Ft. William Chapter Masons, and I received a 
very royal welcome. I endeavoured to lead these Lakehead Chapters 
to greater intensity of Masonic education and instruction; more 
especially for the Initiate, and am pleased to report I received their 
official support. 


Before visiting the four western Chapters, considerable cor- 
respondence was first exchanged to arrange suitable dates. It was 
also decided, because of uncertain weather conditions, to journey 
by train. 

The southerly portion of this District is serviced by the Can. 
National Railway and the northerly portion by Can. Pacific Rail- 
way. Therefore, two distinct journeys were arranged, one for joint 
meeting of Ft. Frances and Rainy River at Ft. Frances; and one 
for joint meeting of Kenora and Dry den at Kenora. There is no rail 
connection between these portions. 

On October 8th, I entrained for Ft. Frances, where Albertan 
and Atwood Chapters had arranged for a joint meeting on 9th. 
This was very well attended and proved a big success. It was fol- 
lowed by a discussion on Masonic education of very great interest. 
They were also in favour of further help to the Initiate. 

On October 24th, Ex. Comp. Hinchcliffe and myself journeyed 
to Kenora, after arranging for a Joint Convocation with Golden 
Chapter of Kenora and Golden Star Chapter, Dryden. Owing to 
an untimely fire which destroyed the Lodge rooms at Kenora, Dec. 
25th, 1950, the meeting took place at Keewatin. Golden Chapter 
lost everything that it possessed in the fire just mentioned, but by 
diligent perseverence and sacrifice had raised funds for regalia and 
property to carry on their beloved work. They have raised funds 
wherewith to commence building a new Temple early in 1952. 
They are to be congratulated on their noble efforts. They had a 
large attendance from Kenora and Dryden, 75 miles east of Kenora 
and exemplified the M.M.M. degree with credit to themselves under 
such circumstances. 

On October 15th, I again visited my mother Chapter, Ft. 
William, No. 140, where I witnessed the advancement of a class to 
the M.M.M. degree, which was performed with distinct credit to the 

On November 24th, Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, had 
a field day for candidates from the outlying area, which covers a 
district 200 miles east of the Lakehead. This commenced at 1.30 
p.m. when a large class received the M.M.M. and the M.E.M. in the 
afternoon, and exalted to the Holy Royal Arch in the evening. This 
was a splendid exhibition of Masonic skill and co-operation, and 


the attendance throughout the day was very encouraging, being 
about 100 in attendance. 

Early in December Fort William Chapter requested the Past 
Principals to exalt a class of Candidates to the Holy Royal Arch, 
and also requested the Grand Superintendent to act as First 
Principal. Every office in the degree was a Past Principal, except 
the Veils. A record attendance gathered from the entire Lakehead 
area, and the dignity of our Mystical Order was followed by all with 
rapt attention. 

On the occasion of the visit of our Most Excellent the Grand 
Z's visit to Manitoba, I was deeply honoured by his request for me 
to accompany him through this District. Arranging, therefore, for 
the four western Chapters to meet at Kenora, I journeyed to Kenora 
on February 14th. This Convocation was held in Keewatin, which 
gave Most Ex. Companion Bradshaw a rare opportunity to observe 
the very great fight being waged by Golden Chapter of Kenora, to 
rehabilitate themselves after their most disasterous fire, December 
25th, 1950. 

On February 16th., having made arrangements for the visit of 
Most Ex. Companion Major A. G. N. Bradshaw to a Joint Convo- 
cation of Ft. William and Shuniah Chapters, at the Lakehead under 
the direction of Shuniah Chapter at Port Arthur. The Banquet 
Hall was opened at the Temple at 6.30 p.m. where our Grand First 
Principal was introduced to the assembly. At 8 p.m. the Chapter 
was opened in the R.A. and the Grand Z most fittingly received 
with honours and cordiality. Major Bradshaw delivered a very fine 
address which was accorded with grand acclaim. I believe that our 
Most Excellent the First Principal was impressed by the vastness 
and the cordiality of this western District. 

I wish to record that the Officers and the Chapters in this 
District are alive and efficient, and are to be complimented upon 
the grand work they do in such isolation. 


R. Ex. Comp. James George Maroosis 
New Ontario District, No. 15 

In presenting my report may I first express my sincere thanks 
and appreciation for the honour conferred upon me by the Com- 


panions of New Ontario District, No. 15, in electing me to the high 
office of Grand Superintendent, also my appreciation to the Grand 
First Principal Most Ex. Companion Major A. G. N. Bradshaw for 
his confirmation of my election. 

Excellent Companion J. H. Stevenson that I appointed to act 
as my Secretary proved himself to be a very faithful Companion, 
and was to me a great help. I would also like to express by thanks 
to Rt. Ex. Companion B. F. Nott, who accompanied me on all my 
visits his advice and support to me were most invaluable on my 
various visits. 

The highlight of course of my year was the honour that my 
District had, by the visit to us by our Most Excellent the Grand Z. 
and his Grand Scribe E. they arrived in North Bay, Monday, Oct. 
29th, just one hour after the arrival of our Royal Guest Princess 
Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, now our Gracious Queen Elizabeth 
II, we had a very lovely meeting that night in North Bay, and the 
next day held a District meeting in Sudbury, with Companions 
from all the District coming in to meet our Grand Z, who by his 
gracious manner and wonderful talks that he gave, left many new 
friends in this district when he and his Scribe E. went home, to 
Tuscan Chapter that looked after the District Meeting, I must ex- 
tend my very hearty congratulations for a job very well done. 

I visited all the Chapters in my district, and in all visits I was 
not only properly received but very warmly welcomed. This District 
I feel is in terms of mileage large, but has only a few Chapters, the 
Chapters are all very sound, and I can see years of Prosperity in the 
future for them. 

I visited Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, on November 27th, 
my own Mother Chapter, St. John's No. 103, North Bay, on No- 
vember 29th and Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie 
on February 22nd, in all my visits. Degrees were conferred in 
excellent manner. 

My year of office has been all to short and I regret to see it 
end. However it has been a great privilege to me to serve as Grand 
Superintendent of New Ontario District, No. 15, and I sincerely 
appreciate the co-operation and assistance of all Rt. Excellent Com- 
panions and Excellent Companions, and Companions of this district, 
during my term of office. 


I can not close with out expressing my very sincere thanks to 
my good friend Rt. Excellent Companion Fred Johnson Grand 
Scribe E. for his kind advice and assistance. 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank Wills 

Temiskaming District, No. 16 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent of Temiskaming 
District, No. 16 draws to a close, it is a great pleasure for me to 
submit for your consideration my report on the condition and ac- 
tivities of Royal Arch Masonry in this District. 

I wish first to express my sincere appreciation to the Com- 
panions of the District for the high honour conferred upon me and 
the confidence placed in me by electing me to the office of Grand 
Superintendent, and also to express to the Grand First Principal 
Most Excellent Companion, Alexander George Noel Bradshaw my 
appreciation for confirming the election. 

To Ex. Comp. R. Verner Neily who very kindly accepted my 
invitation to act as District Secretary, I extend my most sincere 
thanks for the assistance he has rendered in performing the duties 
of this office. I also wish at this time to express my heartfelt 
appreciation to all the Companions and Past Principals of Northern 
Lights Chapter who accompanied me on all my visits, and for the 
assistance they have rendered to the Royal Craft and myself. Their 
knowledge of Masonry and of this District has been a constant 

source of inspiration to me throughout the year. 

It was with sincere regret that the Companions of this District 
learned of the passing of Our Beloved King George VI to the Grand 
Chapter above. We all mourn His loss. 

Due to the severe winters in the north country, it was necessary 
for me to complete my visits officially before the New Year, as winter 
travelling by motor is hazardous. 

The following is a record of my official visitations: — 

June 11— Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

Sept. 18- Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 


Oct. 3— Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard, Ont. 
Oct. 26-Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
Nov. 21— Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, Ont. 

In every Chapter I was received with the dignity befitting the 
representative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, 
and was most graciously entertained. On each visit a degree was con- 
ferred and work performed in an efficient manner. Officers in this 
District are very sincere and conscientious in their work, eager to 
adopt suggestions offered by Grand Chapter in the manner of ob- 
taining uniformity in degree work. 

This District is very fortunate in that the Past Principals are 
a tower of strength to their respective Chapters. Capitular Masonry 
is in very good condition in this district. While there may be no large 
increases in the rolls, membership continues to grow. The financial 
position is good, but with the increased cost of supplies, some con- 
sideration may have to be given by some Chapter to raising the 
dues and initiation fees which are still on a pre-war basis, to present 
day level. 

In closing I wish to thank all the Companions throughout the 
District who have in many ways contributed to the work and pro- 
gress made during the past year. In serving as your Grand Super- 
intendent I have been broadened and enriched by the wealth of 
affectionate friendship that has come to me. I shall always treasure 
and cherish the happy memories of my term of office. I have met 
the responsibilities and discharged my duties to the best of my 
ability. I sincerely trust that my humble endeavours to perform the 
important duties connected with this honourable office have met 
with the approval of the Companions of the District and that their 
confidence in me has not been misplaced. 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank Joseph Armstrong St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Abraham Cavanagh (Acting) London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Leland Mansfield Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. David Albert Cox Wellington District No. 4 


R. Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. K. Murray MacLennan Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Orland Merritt Krick Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Pickles Toronto West District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Perlman Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Percival Eagles Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Hamilton Olley Taylor Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Thomas Nayler Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Lawrence Noble Armstrong St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Troy Wood Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Ryder Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. James George Maroosis New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Wills Temiskaming District No. 16 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, expressed his thanks to the Grand Superin- 
tendents and stated he was well pleased with each of his Official District 


Most Worshipful Brother and Ex. Companion Nelson C. Hart, 
of London, Ontario, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. 
of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, expressed his appreciation 
for the kind and gracious welcome extended to him by Most Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, he made reference to the honor that was 
conferred on him when he was made an Ex. I.P.Z. of London Chap- 
ter, No. 150, London, Ontario, he also referred to the contacts he was 
continually making with Companions of the Royal Arch Masonry 
in other branches of Masonry, he congratulated the Grand Z on the 
large attendance of visiting delegates from Sister Jurisdictions and 
complimented Grand Chapter on the very large number present 
and extended his best wishes for success to the incoming officers. 

Grand Chapter was called from Labour at 12.45 p.m. 

Grand Chapter was called on at 2.00 p.m. 


Most Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, obligated the 
Scrutineers as to faithfully performing the duties of their office. 



To the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

I submit herewith statement of receipts and disbursements for 
the period March 1, 1951 - February 29, 1952: 


Received from Grand Scribe E $ 20,301.78 

Transfer from Chapter Life Membership ... 8.54 
Transfer from Grand Chapter 

Life Membership Fund 2,789.25 

Bank Interest 21.75 



Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., 

2-3/4%, matured June 30, 1951 2,500.00 

Balance - February 28, 1951 9,951.96 


Grand S. E. Office: 

Grand Scribe E $3,600.00 

Assistant 1,800.00 

Miscellaneous 798.36 

Rent 1,380.00 $7,578.36 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 


Proceedings $2,442.23 

General 1,086.69 $3,528.92 


Grand Z $1,500.00 

General 266.49 $1,766.49 


Grand Convocation $3,085.45 

Grand Executive 811.50 $3,896.95 

Jewels, Engr. & Medals 258.17 

Sundry 36.83 

Education and Instruction 228.80 

Masonic Library 125.00 



Brought Forward $18,119.52 

Conference Can. Gr. Chap 701.07 

Transfer to Centennial Fund 500.00 

Transfer to Chap. Life Mem. Fund 2.10 

Rental Safety Deposit Box 7.00 

I.P.G.Z. Regalia 233.58 

I.P.G.Z. Testimonial 350.00 




$1,000.00, 3%, Dominion of Canada Bond 
$1,000.00, 3% Domiinon of Canada Bond 
$ 500.00, 3%, Dominion of Canada Bond 

All mature on Sept. 1, 1966 at 97i/£ 2,437.50 

Accrued Interest 1.03 

BALANCE as at February 29th, 1952 

Bank Balance — Current Account 

Savings Account 


O/S Cheques $30.25 







$13,536.13 $13,536.13 



Received from Grand S. E $ 1,583.99 

Bank Interest 34.66 $1,618.65 


Canada Permanent Mortgage Corpn. 2-3/4% 

February 1, 1952 5,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corpn. 2-3/4% 

February 1, 1952 3,000.00 8,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corpn. 2-3/4% 

March 1, 1952 5,000.00 5,000.00 

Balance February 28, 1951 2,948.00 $17,566.65 



Benevolent Grants 1,200.00 

Inspection 50.00 1,250.00 


$2,500.00, Dominion of Canada Bonds, 3% 

due Sept. 1, 1966 @ 97 3/8 2,434.38 

Accrued interest 15.20 2,449.58 

$9,000.00, Province of Ontario, 3%, 

due Nov. 1, 1965 @ 91 3/4 8,257.50 

Accrued interest 86.55 8,344.05 

$5,000.00, Hydro Electric Power Commission 

of Ontario (guaranteed by Province of 

Ontario, 3%, maturing Nov. 1, 1969 

@ 88 4,400.00 

Accrued interest 48.90 4,448.90 16,492.53 

Balance as of February 29, 1952 $1,074.12 

O/S Cheque 50.00 

Bank Balance $1,124.12 

$1,124.12 $1,124.12 



Received from G.S. E $27.17 

Transferred from General Fund 2.10 

Bank Interest .33 $29.60 

Balance February 28, 1951 70.85 $100.45 


Transfer to General Fund 8.54 

Bank Charges .06 

Balance February 29, 1952 91.85 

$100.45 $100.45 



Received from G.S.E $1,610.00 

Bank Interest 8.40 $1,618.40 

Balance February 28th, 1951 $1,367.53 $2,985.93 


Transferred to General Account 2,789.25 

Balance February 29, 1952 196.68 

Bank Balance $2,985.93 

O/S Cheque 2,789.25 




Transferred from General Fund: 

For 1950 $250.00 

For 1951 $250.00 

Bank Interest 

Balance February 28, 1951.. 
Balance February 29, 1952 

$2,985.93 $2,985.93 













Examined and Verified 
F. A. R. MacFADDEN, C.A., 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved— That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 1951 be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith the Annual Report of Cash Receipts and 
Ledger Balances for the Fiscal Year ending February 29th, 1952, 
also comparative Statement of Membership for the past five years as 
of December 31st. 


Net Life Admis- Join- Restor- With- Suspen- 
December 31 Mem. Increase Mem. sions ings ations drawals sions Deaths 


- 18456 










- 19319 










- 20060 










- 20649 










- 20958 











March 1st, 1951, to February 29th, 1952 

Name of Chapter Amount 

1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui $ 241.78 

2. The Hiram 129.91 

3. St. John's, London 152.13 

4. St. Andrew and St. John 135.88 

5. St. George's 207.38 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 121.75 

7. The Moira 215.63 

8. King Solomon's 196.13 

15. Wawanosh 165.88 

16. Carleton 492.38 

18. Oxford 175.01 

19. Mount Moriah 201.33 

20. Mount Horeb 115.00 

22. Grenville 59.26 

23. Ezra 142.26 

24. Tecumseh 197.72 

26. St. Mark's 86.11 

27. Manitou 108.63 

28. Pentalpha 173.49 

Debt. Credit 
Balance Balance 
$ 1.35 







No. Name of Chapter Amount Debt. Credit 

Balance Balance 

29. McCallum 117.00 

30. Huron , 102.24 

31. Prince Edward 193.76 

32. Waterloo 125.75 

34. Signet 57.76 

35. Keystone 70.13 

36. Corinthian 269.26 

37. Victoria 102.61 

40. Guelph 176.01 

41. Harris 115.13 

44. Mount Sinai 118.31 

45. Excelsior 53.38 

46. St. James 45.63 

47. Wellington 206.13 

48. St. John's Cobourg 99.50 

53. Bruce 59.38 

54. Palestine 199.03 

55. Niagara 55.40 

56. Georgian 46.01 

57. King Hiram 59.38 

58. Pembroke (No transactions) 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 247.00 

61. Granite 66.01 

62. York 96.01 

63. Havelock 53.88 

64. Willson 147.87 

65. St. Paul's 94.77 

66. The Malloch 46.00 

67. Enterprise 86.13 

68. Maitland 78.63 

69. Grimsby 61.37 

71. Prince of Wales 133.40 

72. Keystone 64.25 

73. Erie 84.13 

74. Beaver 79.50 

75. St. Clair 80.87 

76. Mount Nebo 55.88 

77. Occident 262.75 

78. Minnewawa 66.13 

79. Orient 89.26 

80. Ark 223.33 

81. Aylmer 109.76 

82. Shuniah 229.63 

83. Ionic 60.12 

84. Lebanon 75.01 

88. MacNabb 78.38 

90. Golden 153.75 

91. Toronto-Antiquity 151.03 

94. Midland 98.38 

95. Tuscan 259.38 

102. Algonquin 196.38 

103. St. John's, North Bay 113.50 

104. White Oak 89.63 

110. Warkworth 37.88 

112. St. John's, Morrisburg 86.75 






























1 1 .50 







No. Name of Chapter Amount Debt. Credit 

Balance Balance 

113. Covenant 175.38 

114. Bonnechere 36.38 18.38 

115. Brant 116.63 10.00 

116. Maple 85.75 

117. Kitchener 166.90 .52 

119. King Cyrus 110.71 

129. Elliott 82.38 1.87 

130. Chantry 48.76 

131. Amabel 77.01 

132. Leeds 91.88 

133. St. Francis 145.88 

134. King Darius 48.00 42.00 

135. Succoth 55.26 

138. Shekinah 148.15 

140. Fort William 156.37 

143. Glengarry 47.80 .38 

144. PresquTle 45.13 3.00 

145. The St. Patrick 283.12 1.00 

146. Bernard 102.63 1.87 

147. Lucknow 67.63 5.00 

148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill 75.88 

149. Atwood 43.75 

150. London 139.38 12.50 

151. Laurentian 194.01 

152. Alberton 118.76 1.13 

153. Sombra 120.75 

154. Klondike 39.00 18.00 

155. Ancaster 57.26 54.76 

161. Madoc 158.03 1.38 

163. The Beaches 128.53 34.88 

164. Lome 57.75 .12 

167. Kichikewana 116.38 

168. Ionic 133.50 8.50 

169. Temiskaming 80.51 5.25 

175. The Hamilton 128.41 

184. Hugh Murray 60.38 

195. Peel 100.13 

198. Couchiching 149.38 

203. Cobalt 32.75 

205. Victoria 66.91 30.38 

210. Kitchener 24.75 49.50 

212. Mount Sinai 187.00 5.12 

213. Northern Lights 76.37 

214. Vimy 52.13 

215. Mimico 85.73 

217. St. Albans 91.30 37.88 

218. Prince Edward 70.63 

219. Ulster 94.08 87.23 

220. Lebanon 98.01 

221. Durham 47.75 

222. Ottawa 251.90 10.00 

223. Abitibi 47.63 .27 

224. Keystone 83.37 

225. Beaver 91.78 4.50 

226. Prince of Wales 112.38 



Name of Chapter 

227. Quinte Friendship 

230. Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair 

232. King Cyrus 

233. Oakwood 

234. Halton 

235. Aurora 

236. Caledonia 

238. The St. Andrew 

239. Blenheim 65.26 

240. Smithville 43.63 

241. University 101.65 

242. St. Paul's 55.50 

243. McKay 62.45 

245. Preston 61.00 

246. Humber 107.55 

247. Nilestown 70.87 

248. Dochert 66.26 

249. Palestine 83.03 

250. Thomas Peters 211.60 

251. Kirkland 121.35 

252. Hiawatha 175.28 

253. Regal 79.01 

254. Golden Star 88.75 

255. Tillsonburg 84.51 

256. Yukon 65.26 


Grand Chapter of Alberta 150.00 

Grand Chapter of B.C 312.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 103.50 

Grand Chapter of Que 100.00 

Grand Chapter of Sask 50.00 

Grand Chapter of N.B 79.80 

Grand Chapter of N.S. 

Sundry Revenue 328.97 

Interest 1,927.50 

Bank Interest 21.75 



























$20,553.47 $1,202.69 



For Year Ending February 29, 1952 

Received from Chapters $ 17,584.15 

Received from Life Membership Fund 2,789.25 

Received from Interest on Investments 1,927.50 

Received from Bank Interest 21.75 

Received from Sale of Securities 2,500.00 

Received from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 8.54 

Received from Convocation 325.47 

Received from Sundries 3.50 


Examined and Verified, 
F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

To the Scribe E's of the Constituent Chapters please accept my 
sincere thanks and appreciation for your loyal assistance for the past 
year. I know that this report will be disappointing to many of the 
Chapters to be shown owing money to Grand Chapter which has 
been subsequently paid, but the facts are that Grand Chapter 
changed its system to filing Returns semi-annually, the books of 
Accounts at Grand Chapter Office close at the end of the Fiscal 
Year February 28th or 29th each year. Reference to the preceding 
page shows the Debit Balance $1,202.69. This I am very pleased 
to report is now less than $220.00. 

Many of you are very prompt and co-operative in submitting 
your reports and this gives me great pleasure. To those of you who 
are new to office, I want you to know that I am willing to give all 
assistance possible. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 


Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Grand Scribe E. for the year 1951 be 
received and adopted. 



Most Excellent Companion, Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, 

Grand First Principal, Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons 

of Canada, Temple Building, Toronto, Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I present herewith my annual audit report of the financial 
affairs of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada for 
its fiscal year ended February 29, 1952, consisting of the following 
statements and my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"-Balance Sheet as at February 29, 1952. 

Exhibit "B"— Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account 
for the year ended February 29, 1952. 

Schedule "1"— The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as 
at February 29, 1952. 

Schedule "2"— The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter as 
at February 29, 1952. 

Schedule "3"— Centennial Fund as at February 29, 1952. 

Schedule "4"— The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at 
February 29, 1952. 


The Petty Cash Fund was counted as at the close of business 
February 29, 1952, and found to be in order. The cash in bank 
in the General Fund and in each of the Special Funds, as shown in 
Exhibit "A" and Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4, was verified at this fiscal 
year-end and all the transactions in these several bank accounts 
during the fiscal year ended on February 29, 1952 were examined. 

The Accounts Receivable from Chapters have been examined 
in detail and the unpaid balances, as stated in total, found to be 
proper charges which should prove collectible in due course. I 
note that it was not necessary to write off any accounts as uncol- 
lectible during this fiscal year. 


The investments of the several Funds, as shown in Exhibit "A" 
and Schedules 1 and 2, have been examined. They were found to 
be in order and held in the place and custody authorized by Grand 

Accounts Payable, including unexpended balances, as shown in 
Exhibit "A" are in accordance with the records of the Grand 
Scribe E and my inquires would indicate they are all the known 
liabilities of the Grand Chapter as at February 29, 1952. 

The Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for the 
year ended February 29, 1952, set out in Exhibit "B", shows the ac- 
tual revenue and expenditure for that fiscal year, as recorded in the 
books of account of the Grand Scribe E, and the budget for the same 
year, as approved by Grand Chapter, at its 1951 Convocation. 

I have examined the Cash Receipts Statement of the Grand 
Scribe E and the Grand Treasurer's cash statement. I have verified 
that they are in accordance with the cash records of Grand Chapter 
and I have reconciled them with the statements, on an accrual basis, 
presented herein. 

During this fiscal year, I have examined the books of account 
of the Grand Scribe E and of the Grand Treasurer on a quarterly 
basis. All the semi-annual returns of the constituent Chapters were 
examined and compared with the records, of Grand Chapter. An 
interim report for the six months ended August 31, 1951 was sub- 
mitted by me under date of September 29, 1951. 

I have obtained all of the information and explanations I have 
required and I hereby certify that, in my opinion, the attached 
Balance Sheet is properly drawn so as to reflect a true and correct 
view of the financial position of the Grand Chapter as at February 
29, 1952. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 
F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 


Current Assets: 

Petty Cash Fund $ 102.02 

Cash in Bank 13,221.48 $13,323.50 

Due from Life Membership Fund- 
Grand Chapter 2,513.00 

Accounts Receivable— Chapters 1,157.54 

Less: Reserve for Uncollected Accounts 139.75 

Accrued Interest on Investments 


Dominion of Canada— 3%— 1960 
Dominion of Canada— 3%— 1963 ... 
Dominion of Canada— 3%— 1966 

Province of Ontario-3%-1977 

Less: Unamortized Discount . 

Furniture and Fixtures 

Less — Reserve for Depreciation 









Grand Chapter — Library 

Grand Council — Regalia 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1" 57,772.88 

The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter 

(Schedule "2") 27,918.68 

The Centennial Fund (Schedule "3") 752.38 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund 

(Schedule "4") 91.85 86,535.79 



Current Liabilities: 

Accounts Payable (including unexpended balances) $ 570.25 

Reserves for Special Funds 86,535.79 

General Reserve: 

Balance-March 1, 1951 $ 78,476.63 

Add— Adjustment re Provision for Foreign 

Correspondence — Reviewer — 1950-51 300.00 

—Adjustment re Provision for General Printing 196.00 


-Net Revenue (Exhibit "B") 3,761.69 82/734.32 



Estimated Actual Revenue Balance over 

Revenue # or under 

Fees $ 3,300.00 $ 3,207.00 $ 93.00 

Dues-Per Capital 12,700.00 12,910.32 # 210.32 

Life Membership Dues .... 2,800.00 2,789.25 10.75 

Dispensations 200.00 163.00 37.00 

Interest on Investments .... 1,965.00 $1,953.55 11.45 

Bank Interest 21.75 # 21.75 

1,965.00 1,975.30 

Sales __1 ,947.55 # 1,947.55 

Total Revenue 20,965.00 227992742 #~27627l2 

Total Expenditure 20,705.00 19,230.73 1,474.27 

Net Revenue 2~60700 37761.69 3,501.69 


Estimated Actual Expenditure Balance over 

Expenditure # or under 
Grand Scribe E: 

Compensation $ 3,600.00 $3,600.00 

Office Assistant 1,800.00 1,800.00 

Miscellaneous 1,200.00 686.23 $ 513.77 

Rent 1,380.00 1,380.00 

7,980.00 $7,466.23 

Foreign Correspondence— Reviewer ... 300.00 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 400.00 

Printing - Proceedings 2,200.00 2,442.23 # 242.23 

- General 1,400.00 989.57 410.43 

3,600.00 3,431.80 

Travelling Expenses: 

Grand Z 1,500.00 1,500.00 

General 500.00 266.49 233.51 

2,000.00 1,766.49 

Expenses — Convocation 2,700.00 2,834.38 # 134.38 

— Executive Committee .... 1,000.00 811.50 188.50 
—Education and Instruction 500.00 228.80 271.20 

4,200.00 3,874.68 



Jewels and Engraving 600.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Grand Chapters' Meeting 650.00 

Centennial Fund 250.00 

Grand Z - Regalia 250.00 

I. P. G. Z. - Testimonial 350.00 

Provision for Depreciation 

Total Expenditure 20,705.00 


# 51.07 


# 58.04 






Balances — March 1, 1951 




Add — Bond Interest 


— Bank Interest 


— Amortization of Bond 





Less-Amortization of 


— Adjustment re 



Accrued Interest 






Deduct — Benevolence — Grants 

— Inspection 




Balances-February 29, 1952 

1,230.27 56,542.61 57,772.88 


Cash in Bank 


Accrued Interest 



Dominion of Canada— 3%— 1966 


Province of Ontario— 3%— 1965.. 

Hydro-Electric Power Com- 
mission of Ontario— 3%— 1969 

Crown Trust and Guarantee 
Company-234% - 1952 





DEDUCT: Unamortized Discount on 


Less— Unamortized Premium on 







Balance - March 1, 1951 $29,069.53 

Add — Interest on Investments $ 900.00 

— Bank Interest 8.40 

— Commutations Issued 730.00 1,638.40 

Deduct-1951 Life Membership Dues 2,789.25 

Balance-February 29, 1952 27,918.68 


Cash in Bank 196.68 

Due from Chapters 10.00 

Accrued Interest 225.00 


Dominion of Canada-3%-1960 30,000.00 30,431.68 

Liabilities (Deduct) 

Due to General Fund 2,513.00 



Balance - March 1, 1951 $500.62 

Add — Bank Interest $ 1.76 

— Annual Provision from General Fund 250.00 251.76 

Balance - February 29, 1952 752.38 

Cash in Bank $752.38 


Balance - March 1, 1951 $67.56 

Add — Deposit from Chapter #146 $ 27.17 

— Bank Interest .27 

— Transfer from General Fund (adjusting interest 

earned by fund to 3%) 2.10 29.54 


Deduct — 1951 Chapter Dues transferred to General Fund 

and credited to the Chapter's Account 5.25 

Balance - February 29, 1952 91.85 

Cash in Bank 91.85 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis of 
expenditures for the year ending February 29th, 1952: 

Proceedings and Postage $ 2,442.23 

General Printing 1,086.60 

Total $3,528.92 

It will therefore be seen that, notwithstanding the increased 
cost in Printing, which is general, together with the necessity of 
obtaining three hundred extra copies of the Proceedings of Grand 
Chapter for distribution to Second and Third Principals of each 
Chapter, which, incidentally, cost an additional $250.00, it is grati- 
fying to report that the Printing expenses for the year did not total 
the amount allocated by Grand Chapter, namely, $3,600.00. This 
is a good indication of careful purchasing and wise planning, and 
your Committee voices its appreciation to the Grand Scribe "E" for 
his complete co-operation and guidance. 

We respectfully request that the following amounts be placed 
at the disposal of the Committee: 

Proceedings $2,500.00 

General Printing 1000.00 

Printing "work" for resale 1,600.00 

Total $5,100.00 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

M. A. Searle, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded R. 
Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Printing for the year be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Investments reports the following: — 


Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 (Fully Registered) $ 56,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 1 

and October 1, due October 1, 1963 (Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 (Fully Registered) 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 15th 

and October 15th due October 15th, 1977 4,000.00 


Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 CFully Registered) 30,000.00 


Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 200.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due Sept. 1, 1966 (Fully Registered) 10,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 
and September 1, due September 1, 1966, Callable Sept. 1, 1961 
(Fully Registered) 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 2,500.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guarantee Trust Invest- 
ment, Interest 234%, payable June 30 and Dec. 31, due June 30, 
1952. (Fully Registered) 6,500.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guarantee Trust Investment, 
Interest 234%, payable June 30 and Dec. 31, due March 31, 1952 
(Fully Registered) 20,000.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, May 1 and Nov. 

1, due November 1st, 1965 9,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, 

May 1 and Nov. 1, due Nov. 1, 1969 5,000.00 



Several visits were made by your Chairman to the office of the Grand Scribe 
E, as well as frequent exchange of letters in connection with the investments. 

The assistance and the many courtesies extended by the Grand Scribe E 
were very greatly appreciated, and are hereby sincerely acknowledged. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Allen C. Mason, 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Mason, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Investments for the year 
be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Executive Committee through your Committee on War- 
rants, consisting of R. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott (chairman), R. Ex. 
Comps. F. Wills and L. L. Mansfield, beg to report as follows: 

May we say: "Greeting and salutations." 

The services of your Committee on Warrants have not been 
required during the past year but it has been suggested that we 
make some kind of report at this Convocation. 

Having in mind that two of the Chapters in this jurisdiction, 
viz: Palestine Chapter, No. 54 at St. Thomas and Golden Chapter, 
No. 90 at Kenora, lost their quarters by fire during the past official 
year and with it their original warrants, we report that their two 
warrants have been reissued. 

It is not difficult to understand the feelings of our Companions 
of these two chapters and we deeply sympathize with them in their 
loss and convey to them our very best wishes for a continuation of 
their activities until such time as they can become established in 
new permanent quarters. 

But experience is a stern teacher and we learn from experience. 
By these happenings we can very aptly bring to your attention the 
value of records. In further references to situations of this nature, 
you may recall we recommended last year the appointment of a well- 
qualified Companion to record the history of their Chapter each 
year and that a copy of this record be appended to the Chapter 

Might we, at this time, suggest a step further in that direction 
and recommend that an extra copy be preserved in your safety-box 
or other vault coverage. 

For further insurance we recommend that each Chapter procure 
two photographs of their original charter and deposit one of each 
in separate safety vaults in order that a record could be preserved 
for future posterity in the event one of them became lost or 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

B. F. Nott, Chairman. 

It was moved by Rt. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Warrants be received. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It has been a pleasure to read the reports of our Grand Superin- 
tendents, as each of them refers to the very high quality of the 
degree work in our Chapters, with some giving credit to the Manual 
of Instructions for quality and uniformity. We want to congratu- 
late the officers, past and present, for earning that high praise. A 
very few Chapters are unfortunate in not having enough degree 
work to develop and demonstrate the degree of efficiency that is 

The average attendance reported is still improving, particularly 
in the larger centres. We trust it will continue to improve, as we 
need better attendance to inspire the officers to their best rendition 
of the ritual. The number of Divine Services held has, again, in- 
creased, except where the distances are great between Chapters. We 
trust that these Chapters will plan to hold Divine Services for their 
own Companions. 

The year 1942 was the last year we recorded a loss in our total 
membership and on December 31st of that year, we had 15,900 
members. We, now, show 20,958 members on December 31st, 1951. 
a growth of 5,058 or 32% in membership in nine years. This growth 
is important when we speak of it as 32%, but when we learn that it 
is only, approximately l/6th of the Craft Masons in our province, it 
is not nearly adequate. Seven of our districts show small decreases 
in membership this year, for a total decrease of 41, while the other 
eleven districts show increases totalling 350, a net increase for the 
year of 309. We want to congratulate Ottawa Distirct No. 13 with 
the greatest growth in our province, having an increase of 110 Com- 
panions. A study of our statement of "Chapters Having Most Ex- 
altations" shows that 3 of their 12 Chapters have found their way 
into that "Honour Roll" with Carleton Chapter No. 16 of Ottawa, 
in first place with 50 exaltations, which also has placed them in 
first position for the first time in that other "Honour Roll"— "Our 
Largest Chapters", Laurentian Chapter, No. 151 of Pembroke in 
third place with 25 and Ottawa Chapter, No. 222 of Ottawa in fourth 
place with 23. All we need do to find the inspiration behind this 


fine record is to read that excellent first report of the NEW Special 
General Committee on Membership which appears in the Proceed- 
ings of last year's Convocation and know that the Chairman of that 
committee is Right Excellent Companion Fergus A. McDiarmid 
of Ottawa. Congratulations Ottawa, Ottawa District and Right 
Excellent Companion McDiarmid. 

Most of our districts held one or more Chapters of Instruction, 
at which each degree was discussed, exemplified or conferred, there- 
by, contributing to the uniformity of the degree work. We want 
to call attention to the importance of instructing the candidates 
after each degree in the answers to the questions listed in our 
ritual, also, fraternizing with our newly exalted Companions until 
each of them feels that he is one of us— shall we say? "a full fledged 
Companion of Royal Arch Masonry", eligible to take a junior office 
in his Chapter, if the opportunity arises. 

Many fraternal visits were made, last year, some between two 
Chapters in the same district, others from one district to another in 
Ontario, one to Montreal of the Grand Chapter of Quebec and 
two of them International, first, when Ark Chapter, No. 80 ot 
Windsor visited Port Lawrence Chapter in Toledo, and second, 
when the St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238 of London, visited Ionic 
Chapter in Detroit. Field Days were held at Collingwood and Belle- 
ville with high attendances. Five 75th Anniversaries were cele- 
brated. An International Night was held by Covenant Chapter, No. 
113 in Cornwall, and another in Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252 in 
Sarnia, which were well attended and where the names of our Past 
Grand First Principals F. W. Dean and C. M. Pitts appear on the 
programmes as taking important parts. Several new Chapter rooms 
were dedicated. Most of our districts and several of our Chapters 
held receptions for our Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Com- 
panion A. G. N. Bradshaw, some of whom presented him with life 
memberships. Our Grand First Principal really gets around as he 
attended and addressed nearly all of the "Special Nights" listed 
above. A reception was held for our Grand Third Principal, Right 
Excellent Companion John L. House by his own Chapter, St. 
Alban's, No. 217 in Toronto. Also, many other important "Special 
Nights" were held, including the degrees conferred on the FOUR 
BELLS (a father and his three sons) in Mount Sinai, No. 44 of 
Napanee. Our committee has, previously, called attention to the 
great value to Chapter Masonry of these Inter-Chapter visits and 


other "Special Nights". We can only hope that they will increase 
in number. 

We are very glad to report that each of our Grand Superintend- 
ents had a few words of praise for the excellent records kept by our 
hardworking Scribes Ezra, using the terms very efficient and co- 
operative. Your committee would like to add that our Grand 
Scribe E, Right Excellent Companion Fred Johnson, deserves a very 
high share of this kind of praise as he has been very efficient and 
cooperative in securing and forwarding the necessary records from 
which to compile this report. We wish to say, to all Scribes E, we 

are proud of you. 

We are glad to see the financial positions of most of our 
Chapters improving, due to increases in exaltation fees and annual 
dues, but must report that we have four Chapters who collect only 
$2.00 from each Companion for annual dues, an inadequate amount, 
when the fee to Grand Chapter is $.75, also, that 16 of our districts 
with a total membership of 19,403 report arrears of dues amounting 
to $22,217.00, $1.15 per Companion. As this is approximately 25% 
of our annual dues, we ask that each Chapter place the collection of 
these dues, before the end of each year, in the hands of a strong 
Committee to prevent many suspensions, as well as adding to the 
finances of the Chapter. 

Forty-four of our Chapters found it necessary to vote over $2,000 
for benevolence and, in this connection, we are always glad to learn 
from the Grand Superintendent's reports from the Toronto District 
that the Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee of Toronto include 
in their activities the transportation of underpivileged children and 
their mothers to Bronte Summer Camp, also, donating comforts and 
entertainment to the veterans in the Red Chevron Hospital. We 
trust that this good work will continue. 

We want to congratulate the many recipients of jewels, first, for 
fifty years a Royal Arch Mason and second, for 25 years an Installed 
First Principal, also, the two Companions who received the Disting- 
uished Service Medals. May these Companions live many years in 
good health, to enjoy their attendance and the Companionship at 
our Chapter meetings. 

We congratulate Belleville and Cornwall on their new Temples, 
also Kenora and St. Thomas, both of whom lost their Masonic 


Temples by fire last year, and have been successful in financing new 
Temples, to be completed later this year. Again, we call the atten- 
tion of our Chapters to the necessity of adequate fire insurance. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

C. H. Chapman 
J. G. Maroosis 

E. T. Wood 


C. P. Eagles 

E. T. Naylor 

W. B. Stothers, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailie Stothers, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Executive Committee on Condition of 
Capitular Masonry for the year 1951, be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the application 
for relief and we recommend that an appropriation be made in the 
estimates for grants to the following: 

Chapter No. 1-Widow of G. McN $ 100.00 

Chapter No. 5-Widow of G.E.M 100.00 

Chapter No. 8-Widow of R. J 100.00 

Chapter No. 53-Daughter of J.S 100.00 

Chapter No. 62-Widow of S.B 100.00 

Chapter No. 77-Widow of J.C 200.00 

Chapter No. 145-Daughter of J.C 200.00 

Chapter No. 213-Companion W.D 100.00 

Chapter No. 231-Companion H.H 100.00 

Special -Widow of R.H.S 100.00 

Special -Widow of E.S 200.00 


We further recommend that an amount of $200.00 be provided 


for interim relief, if it be needed before the next Annual Convo- 
cation of Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. B. Dargavel, 

R. N. McElhinney, 

D. C. Patmore, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Committe on Benevolence be received 
and adpoted. 

Committee on Benevolence 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, and— 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Bene- 
volence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for the respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, retires in 1953. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1954. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, retires in 1955. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Zerrubbabel, Officers and 
Members of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

It is with more than usual interest that your committee reviews 
and endorses the address and annual report of the activities of our 
Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Companion Bradshaw during 
the past year. It is a record of energetic activity faithful and zealous 
service in behalf of the Royal Craft in this jurisdiction. Most 
Excellent Companion Bradshaw has been very active as witnessed 
by the long list of his visits not only in our own jurisdiction but 
he has found the time to visit many of our sister jurisdictions. He 
was always received with the warmest of welcomes and has revived 


old friendships and made new friends for this Grand Jurisdiction. 
Geographically without including the Yukon and North west 
Territories the area under the jurisdiction of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada is widely scattered and of large extent. It was 
only by district visits that he was enabled to meet and greet such 
a vast number of Royal Craftsman. 

We on behalf of the Grand Chapter add our thanks to the 
Companions of the Queen City of Toronto for their efforts in 
making the splendid arrangements for this annual convocation. 

We unite with our Grand Zerrubbabel in extending a sincere 
welcome to our distinguished guests from other jurisdictions and 
branches of Freemasonry. We are particularly gratified that Most 
Worshipful Brother and Excellent Companion Nelson C. Hart, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of A.F.&A.M. of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario, is with us today and take this opportunity to 
once again tender to him our fraternal love and loyalty on behalf 
of the Royal Arch Masons in this Grand Jurisdiction. 

We re-echo the thought of our Grand First Principal, that only 
by a due sense of our dependence upon God, our Creator and 
Divine Father, can we hope to attain in even the slightest manner 
that perfection so necessary if Craft Masonry in particular and Man- 
kind in general is to maintain its highest ideals. 

We joint with our Grand Zerubbabel in expressing our deep 
sympathy to those in our own jurisdiction who have lost loved ones. 
We once again affirm our steadfast belief that death is not the end 
of man but only the entrance to a nobler brighter life glorious be- 
yond the conception of man's finite mind. 

With him we deplore the untimely death of our temporal 
Sovereign Lord King George the Sixth and express our appreciation 
of his promptness in forwarding a message of sympathy to Her 
Majesty the Queen. We extend to the Companions of sister juris- 
dictions our sympathy in the loss of so many distinguished Com- 
panions and join with them in revering the memory of their faithful 
service to the Royal Craft. 

We congratulate Most Excellent Companion Bradshaw on the 
honours and appreciations which have been conferred upon him 
for his devoted service to the craft. 

It is regretted that the proceeding of the Conference of Grand 
Chapters of Canada are not available and express our concurrence 


with the sentiments expressed in the summarized report of the con- 
ference as presented. 

The action of the Grand First Principal in the issue of com- 
missions to Grand Representatives near the Grand Chapters of 
British Columbia, Oregon and Texas and the recommendations 
appointing representatives near our own Grand Chapter from the 
Grand Chapters of Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota and Utah is 

As the dispensations granted were of a routine nature and 
within the powers granted to the Grand First Principal by the 
constitution these dispensations are confirmed. 

The ruling concerning the endorsation of clubs or associations 
by this Grand Chapter is timely. It is suggested that the com- 
mittee having charge of the revision of the constitution of this 
Grand Chapter include a section in the revised constitution in ac- 
cordance with the principles of this ruling. 

The committee on finance and the Grand Council are to be con- 
gratulated on keeping the expenditures below the estimates. The 
committee on Investments are also due for thanks and appreciation 
by reason of the great care they observed in the reinvestment of 
securities of the Victory Thanksgiving, Benevolent Fund and the 
General Fund of Grand Chapter. 

The observation re chapter notices is very timely. Principals 
of Chapters should exercise more supervision over the notices. It is 
their responsibility to see that an attractive notice of convocation 
containing full and complete information of the proposed activities 
of the chapter is issued in accordance with the constitution. While 
not in any manner endorsing the idea of a flamboyant notice, it is our 
opinion that an attractive notice stimulates interest. It is also the 
duty of the First Principal to see that the names and addresses of the 
Grand First Principal, District Superintendent and Grand Scribe 
Ezra are on the mailing list and that when changes in any of the 
above named personnel occurr immediate change in the mailing 
list is made by the Chapter Scribe E. 

We concur in the Grand Zerubbabels recommendation that Rt. 
Ex. Companion Kenneth Carrie be made an Honourary Member of 
the Grand Executive Committee in accordance with section 65(1) 
of the constitution. 


The statement by The Grand Zerubbabel that? "We have 
something to offer Craft Masons which is of value to their Masonic 
Life" cannot be too strongly endorsed and the objective of every 
Active Royal Arch Mason producing a candidate might well become 
the goal of our endeavours in the next year, providing it is im- 
pressed upon the prospective candidate that the Royal Craft is not 
a stepping stone but is the completion of the brother Mason's craft 

Congratulations are offered to Most Excellent Companion 
Bradshaw upon a complete and excellent address. It is recommend- 
ed that it be given consideration by every constitutent chapter. 

Respectfully submitted. 

R. V. Conover, Chairman 
F. W. Dean, 
C. M. Pitts, 
R. B. Dargavell, 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover and seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's address be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Committee on Finance submits herewith its report for the 
year ending February 29th, 1952: 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Grand Scribe E, and 
the Auditor for the year ended February 29th, 1952, have been sub- 
miitted to you, and have been reviewed by the Members of the Com- 
mittee on Finance. In our opinion these reports present full and 
adequate details of all Receipts and Disbursements during the fiscal 
year in respect to the financial affairs of this Grand Chapter. 

This Committee desires to express their appreciation to the 
Constituent Chapters for their continued co-operation in making 
semi-annual returns. While it is noted the Accounts Receivable 
from Chapters is in excess of the previous year, yet it is gratifying 
to know that it was not necessary to write off any accounts as un- 
collectable during the fiscal year. 

The result of this year's operation as set out in detail in the 
Auditor's Report, Exhibit "B", shows a net revenue of $3,761.69. 
This amount has been added to the General Reserve on the Balance 
Sheet, Exhibit "A". 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, set out in detail 
in Schedule No. 1, amounts to $57,772.88. The Life Membership 
Fund Grand Chapter, Schedule No. 2, amounts to $27,916.88. The 
Centennial Fund, Schedule No. 3, amounts to $752.38, and the 
Chapters' Life Membership Fund, Schedule No. 4, $91.85. The 
total of these Special Funds amount to $86,535.79. 

Certain of our Securities have matured during this fiscal year, 
and the proceeds derived from these maturities have been carefully 
re-invested for the Grand Chapter. The par value of Investments 
covering all Funds now amount to $152,700.00. 

Your Committee records its appreciation of the invaluable con- 
tribution made to Grand Chapter by the Grand Treasurer, Most 
Excellent Companion John M. Burden, during his term of office. 


We regret his services as Grand Treasurer will no longer be avail- 
able to this Grand Body. 

Your Committee approves of the expenditure of $1,600.00 for 
the printing of Rituals, as required by the Committee on Printing. 
This amount is not included in the estimates, as the same will event- 
ually be recovered by the purchases of the various Chapters. 

Following the usual custom, we now submit for the consider- 
ation and approval of the Companions, an estimate of Income and 
Expenditure for the current year, which will end February 28, 1953: 


Fees — Registration $ 3,200.00 

Dues — Per Capita H.000.00 

Life Membership — Dues 2,700.00 

Dispensations 150.00 

Interest on Investments 1,965.00 

Total Estimated Income $21,015.00 

FEBRUARY 28, 1953 

Grand Scribe "E"-Compensation $ 3,600.00 

-Office Assistant 1,800.00 

-Miscellaneous 1.000.00 

-Rent 1,380.00 

Foreign Correspondence — Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 

Printing — Proceedings 2,500.00 

-General 1.000.00 

Travelling Expenses— Grand Z 1,500.00 

-General 500.00 

Expenses — Convocation 3,100.00 

— Executive Committee 1,000.00 

— Education and Instruction 500.00 

Jewels and Engraving 600.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Grand Chapters* Meeting 650.00 

Centennial Fund 250.00 

Provisions for Depreciation 68.00 

Total estimated Expenditures $20,263,00 


Estimated Income $ 21,015.00 

Estimated Expenditures 20,263.00 

Estimated Net Surplus $752.00 

By continuing to exercise a careful control of expenditures, it is 
our opinion that Grand Chapter can maintain, and possibly still 


further enhance its present strong financial position, if general con- 
ditions continue as they are, and no unusual circumstances are 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted. 

K. N. Carrie, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Finance be received and 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Z., Officers and 
Members of the Grand Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Executive Committee through the Committee on Fratern- 
al Dead beg to submit the following report. 

Once again we pause amid the labours in which we are engaged 
surveying the road by which we have come, planning our journey 
for another year, to pay our heartfelt tributes of respect, and to 
honour as is our wonted custom, and as is most justly due and 
proper, the memory of those Companions who will no longer travel 
with us on the highways and byways of life. 

They have answered the summons of the Angel of Death and 
have passed to their eternal rest. 

The memories of these Companions are individually very dear 
and precious to all of us, but it is only when we listen to or read the 
names of all those who were with us or on our rolls but a year ago, 
and who will never more answer to the roll call of Grand Chapter, 
that we realize the extent of the ravages that the passage of time has 
made on our ranks. 

Our departed Companions have left behind sweet and fragrant 
memories of good fellowship, of high purpose and honest endeav- 
ours, of Masonic ideals quietly and sincerely followed, of disinterest- 
ed service and devotion to the principles of right, truth and justice, 


these were all in some measure and degree characteristic of those 
whom today we mourn. 

While yet we mourn and deplore their loss we rejoice that it 
was our good fortune to have been associated with them as fellow 
craftsmen. They have laid aside forever the insignia and working 
tools of the Order, some in the seer and yellow leaf of old age, and 
others who until the call came seemed in manhoods vigour. 

To us and their successors is left the task of continuing the 
Masonic work on which they were engaged and the duty of emulat- 
ing their example. 

We can honour them most fittingly by renewed zeal in the 
cause of Capitular Masonry and increased fidelity to its principles. 

They have gone where we must go, into that undiscovered 
country from whose bourne no traveller returns. 

We are persuaded that when our earthly journey shall have 
ended, "We are laid asleep in body and become a living soul." 

For this destiny it is the high purpose of Masonic philosophy 
to prepare us by having us realize that each should make his being, 
his prime care and that each should struggle to keep his moral 
vision clear.- 

No question is of greater importance, none has received more 
attention throughout the ages than the question of the meaning of 
life and its relation to the universe. 

Countless answers have been given, countless dissertations have 
been written on it. Systems of philosophy, systems of religion all 
have their particular answers and interpretations of the meaning 
of life and existence. 

Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish sage once said: "The older I 
grow, and I now stand on the brink of eternity, the more comes back 
to me the sentence in the Catechism which I learned as a child and 
the fuller and deeper its meaning becomes." What is the chief 
end of man?" To glorify God and enjoy him for ever. 

Each of us may well take this to heart and ponder it carefully 
for it is the answer essentially which Masonry also supplies to the 
riddle of existance. 


The following list contains the names of those Past and Present 
Grand Chapter Officers and other Companions, whose deaths are 
noted on our records and have occurred during the past year. 

It is obvious that time and space will not permit us to make 
special mention of all the 502 Companions, the largest number in 
any one year of which we have record, and we only refer briefly to 
the following because they were particularly active in the affairs of 
Grand Chapter. 

R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Maclntyre, has taken a very active part 
in the Grand Chapter of Canada. Many years ago his services were 
recognized when he was made an honorary member of the Executive 
Committee. His contribution as Chairman of the mileage and 
Per Diem Committee brought him in contact with hundreds of Past 
and Present Grand Chapter Officers. He was for many years Branch 
Manager with the Bank of Montreal, King and Bathurst Sts., Tor- 
onto. Retired about seven years ago he divided his time between 
Toronto, Picton and Lake Worth, Florida. He was called by the 
Supreme Architect on February 6th, 1952, and buried with Masonic 
honours in Trenton on Saturday, February 9th, 1952. 

His passing will be sadly felt at this Convocation when the call 
of Grand Representatives is made for New Jersey. 

Seldom did he miss answering since 1936. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Chas. H. MacDonald 
I. P. Grand Chaplain. 

The passing of Dr. Charles MacDonald has bereft the Church 
of one of its warmest hearted and most delightfully sincere christian 
ministers, Dr. MacDonald served the Church in the rural areas 
throughout his Ministry. 

In 1947 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly- 
Presbyterian Church in Canada. Knox College conferred on him 
the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1948. 

V. Ex. Comp. John Sheard, Grand Junior Sojourner, member 
of Ulster Chapter 219, Toronto. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Alex Sollitt, who for many years was Chair- 
man of Investments until ill health prevented him from taking 
active interest in Royal Arch Masonry. 



R. Ex. Comp. Vivian Hare and R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Rynard 
both members of Succoth Chapter 135, Uxbridge. Past Grand 
Superintendent 1920 and 1930 respectively. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Tipper, Past Grand Superintendent for 
Temiskaming District, 1945 was appointed Grand Representative 
for North Carolina in 1946. The north country knew him for his 
sterling qualities in all Masonic Activities. 

Other distinguished Companions who answered the call were: 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Stevenson 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Fleming 
R. Ex. Comp. J. F. Grierson 
R. Ex. Comp. A. R. H. Wilson 
R. Ex. Comp. J. C. Cooper 
R. Ex. Comp. C. T. Farrell 
R. Ex. Comp. Harold Childs 
R. Ex. Comp. N. J. Fraid 
R. Ex. Comp. W. F. Elliott 
V. Ex. Comp. L. C. Pattrick 
V. Ex. Comp. E. C. Thornton 
V. Ex. Comp. A. W. Smith 
V. Ex. Comp. T. McDonald 

V. Ex. Comp. J. W. Speers 

V. Ex. Comp. C. O. Hamphill 

V. Ex. Comp. L. E. Dobson 

V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Wilson 

V. Ex. Comp. A. H. Watson 

V. Ex. Comp. Francis Francis 

V. Ex. Comp. J. D. Cameron 

V. Ex. Comp. Robt. M. Thistle 

V. Ex. Comp. John Russell 

V. Ex. Comp. T. S. McDonald 

V. Ex. Comp. T. C. Harrison 

V. Ex. Comp. T. Tiffin 

His Majesty King George VI. Past Grand Master and Past 
First Grand Principal of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of 

So much has been said in the radio and press reports, regarding 
the life and death of His Majesty King George the sixth that it is 
difficult to find words to add to the glowing tributes which eman- 
ated from all parts of the Commonwealth, and indeed the whole 

His Majesty's passing is a forceful reminder that death the 
leveller of all human greatness will finally reduce us all to the 
same level. 

In this connection we believe a poem written by Edgar A. 
Guest, entitled "The Kings Burial", and published in the press on 
March 14th, 1952 is appropriate. 

"With griefs great pomp and splendor and display, 
Graveward they bore their Kings cold flesh away. 
Within the Chapel where his forbears lie 
They sealed th tomb good George will occupy. 
The robes, the crown that marked his royal birth, 
The jewelled symbols of his power on earth 


Were carried back, for at mans final goal, 
All that will come to glory is his soul. 
Here stay the worldly emblems of the King, 
The medals and the mantle and the ring, 
They are trinkets which the body wore. 
The soul eternal needs them never more." 

We understand that M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover is to intro- 
duce a resolution pertaining to the death of His Majesty, hence 
this reference is intentionally curtailed. 

To our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada and the United 
States of America we extend sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia— 

M. Ex. Comp. George Hugh Mackay-Grand Z. 1937-8, Grand S.E. 1942-51 

M. Ex. Comp. Gerald Herbert Sedger— Grand Z. 1949-50 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander E. Davidson— Grand Z. 1950-51 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba— 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Ben S. Bailey-Grand Z. 1947-48 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec— 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter W. Williamson— Grand Z., Grand Scribe E. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan— 

M. Ex. Comp. Judge E. R. Wylie-Grand Z. 1935. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Ernest Bristowe— Grand Z. 1948 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alabama— 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles R. Bricken, Sr.-Grand H.P. 1902-3 

M. Ex. Comp. William W. Ranson-Grand H.P. 1915 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Colorado— 

M. Ex. Comp. Avon C. Remington-Grand H.P. 1937-8 

M. Ex. Comp. Anthony Riesenecker— Grand H.P. 1914-5 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delawaie— 

M. Ex. Comp. Stuart J. Horn-Grand H.P. 1910 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the District of Columbia— 

M. Ex. Comp. David S. Davidson-Grand H.P. 1936 

M. Ex. Comp. Simon Bude-Grand H.P. 1924 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Idaho— 

M. Ex. Comp. Alonzo (Lon) Cone-Grand H.P. 1929-30 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois— 

M. Ex. Comp. Lvman Nelson Thurston— Grand H.P. 1932-3 

M. Ex. Comp. O'. H. Wood worth-Grand H.P. 1933-4 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the State of Iowa— 

M. Ex. Comp. Floyd B. Beckwith-Grand H.P. 1937 
Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons— 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilson B. Morrow— Grand Capt. of Host 1951 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana— 

M. Ex. Comp. Lawson D. Woosley-Grand H.P. 1937 
Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons— 

R. Ex. Comp. E. Murray Graham— Grand King 1943. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Massachusetts— 

M. Ex. Comp. Raymond Thomas Sewell— Hon. Grand H.P. Grand Sec. 1928-51 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Montana- 
Most Ex. Comp. Henry C. Smith-Grand H.P. 1914-5 

R. Ex. Comp. Luther T. Hauberg-Grand Sec. 1925-1951 

M. Ex. Comp. Edward W. Spottswood— Grand H.P. 1927-28 


M. Ex. Comp. Alfred Whitworth-Grand H.P. 1922-23 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn L. Callaway-Grand H.P. 1915-16 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Ira W. Stam-Grand H.P. 1950-51 

M. Ex. Comp. Herbert L. Lange— Grand H.P. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nevada— 

M Ex. Comp. George L. Swartz-Grand H.P. 1933-4 

M. Ex. Comp. George N. Doyle— Grand H.P. Emeritus 1943. 
The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of North Dakota— 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter L. Stockwell-Grand H.P. 1923, Grand Sec. 1950. 

M. Ex. Comp. William Hall-Grand H.P. 1930 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New Jersey— 

M Ex. Comp. Charles D. McCracken-P. Grand H.P. and Grand Sec. 1928-51 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York— 

M. Ex. Comp. John H. O'Brien-Grand H.P. 1932 

M. Ex. Comp. Frank A. Lobee-Grand H.P. 1948 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio— 

M. Ex. Comp. Royal A. Walkup-Grand H.P. 1933-4 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma— 

M. Ex. Comp. Jesse A. Todd-Grand H.P. 1944-5 and Grand Lecturer 1946-50 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence Brain-Grand H.P. 1941-2 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oregon— 

M. Ex. Comp. Frank S. Baillie-Grand H.P. 1927 

M. Ex. Comp. Frank W. Settlemier-Grand H.P. 1920-1 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota— 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver A. Bray— Grand Treasurer. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee— 

M. Ex. Comp. William H. Blackwell-Grand H.P. 1935 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin— 

M. Ex. Comp. Frank R. Graham-Grand H.P. 1939. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming— 

M. Ex. Comp. Albert D. Walton-Grand H.P. 1947-8 

DEATHS 1951 

1-E. B. Vanalstyne, C. J. Phillips, William Gill, F. Haffner, E. W. Charlton, 
J. M. Anderson, W. Ayers, A. D. Nelson, H. V. Moore. 2— Andrew Cardno, H. A. 
Heard, C. T. Richardson, W. C. J. Tavlor, Noah Stafford, Thos. Ellis, Charles 
West, C. A. Hall, J. H. Schrader. 3-J.' R. Peters, J. E. Gaze, A. F. Hockin, A. 
M. Trick, E. T. Wright, N. L. Yelland, W. H. Down, George Burdick, G. G. 
Smith, David Hosie, Dr. E. Seaborn, A. J. Clark. 4— J. T. Orr, E. Smart W. 
Baillie, H. R. Terry, Thomas Walters. 5-C. Thomas, A. E. Chapman, H. E. 
Saunders, T. L. Partridge, J. A. Johnstone, C. E. Carruthers, S. F. Harkness, C. 
J. Clarke, E. J. Reed, L Rumball, R. P. Haskett, J. W. Mcintosh, H. Johnson. 
6— Jacob Morris, J. A. Badgerow, Geo. Allan, James Thomson. 7— C. W. Moat, 
L. C. Pattrick, E. W. Madams, H. I. Gordon, W. B. Painter. 8-W. A. Van Zant, 
J. D. Harris, E. G. Ruthven, H. A. Moffatt, Francis Francis. 15— J. W. Whit- 
combe, E. N. Campbell, F. L. Sullivan, W. S. Gibson, J. A. Smith. 16— J. W. 
Menzies, G. Kermack, C. A. Janes, M. Wallace, Frank Law, E. Wallingford, 
P. S. Falconer, M. Chapman. 18— E. C. Thornton, J. Pullin, E. F. Meadows, 
T. Jackson. 19-G. C. Holmes, E. J. Owen, A. McCulloch, A. C. Crotty, J. P. 
Fraser. 20-H. R. Rvan, J. I. Welsh, J. E. Ostrander, J. A. Taylor, E. D. Moffat, 
H. S. Tapscott, R. J. Hopper, A. A. Coale, G. R. Butler, J. J. Burton. 22- 
J. A. Fleming, G. S. Wilkins, M. J. Brimson, M. T. Thomas. 23-W. H. Polden, 
P. Dunkin, W. H. Bowden, C. H. Lutz, J. H. Porter. 24-D. W. Forbes, R. A. 
Ditchburn, L. R. Rosenburger, J. Stevenson, R. Joyce, W. Culligan, W. H. 
Veale, L. H. Hoffmeyer, George Maclnosh, John Cranmer, Charles Fiddy. 26— 
G. W. Millard, Archie D. Maclntyre. 27-Alexander Doherty, William 


E. Kibblewhite, William H. Montgomery, 28— J. G. Pender, J. F. Grier- 
son, A. R. H. Wilson, M. Crawforth, J. F. Barnum, C. A. Rundle, W. E. Gillotte. 
29-R. J. Gracey, W. A. Ellsworth, J. Lowe, T. Marshall, Josiah Sherk, F. B. 
Goodwillie. 30— K. J. Hazlett, C. K. Gardner, L. E. Parsons, James Bissett, 31 
-Dr. G W. Morden, J. C. Cooper, R. O. McLeod, William Tait. 32-W. R. 
McGarr, W. H. Sanderson, A. E. Martin, G. B. Hower, F. H. Grier, A. Dryden, 
J. C. Pratt, R. Slater H. E. Witmer, Hendry Wildfong. 34-R. E. Strawford, 
Wm. J. Peck, Wm. T. Parr, R. V. Devlin, Robert Elrich, G. S. McConkey, A. 
H. Osborne, A. W. Smith. 35.— William Courtney. 36— R. M. Glover, A. 
A. Richardson, C. A. Sollitt, F. E. Williams, J. D. Cameron, B. R. Beattie. 
37-E. Rowland. 40-C. W. Peer, G. W. Thomson. 41 -W. M. MacKay. 44- 
O. S. Reddick. 45-W. F. Griffis. 46-John Hyland. 47-S. Webber, R. Glover, 
A. L. Stewart, J. Draper, W. J. Moore, J. T. Bennett, A. Knott. 48— W. B. Pratt, 
H. Crosfrey, A. E. Harris, W. H. Flatters. 53— Leonard Collier, Ernest Dobbs. 
54— H. Sharp, C. Southern, J. Jagoe, W. J. Shaw, T. Edgeworth, C. McLeod, 
C. Montgomery,' G. Clelford, F. W. Judd. 55-George Reid. 56-H. Holmes, 
J. Woolrich, P. T. Pilkey. 57-E. E. Doty. 59-R. Bradfield, M. Brown. 62 
-G. Boulain, A. Paton, E. Brock. 63-W. R. Graham, O. J. Mooney, G. A. 
Conley. 64-J. R. Sidey, Philip Potts. 65-J. G. Shaw, J. D. Warren, E. J. 
Zinkan, E. J. B. Duncan. 67— R. H. Hancock. 68-R. J. Patterson, R. Keyes. 
69-Charles T. F arrell. 71 -Robert M. Thistle, R. L. Wigle, E. Naylor. 
72-T. H. Bissonnette. 73-Harold Childs, A. J. Ridley. 75-L. F. Herman. 
76-T. F. Burton, L. W. Smith, W. Smeaton, L. R. Hawley. 77-John Russell, 

A. R. Terry, T. C. Thorne, H. J. Richards, H. Johnston, A. E. Finnie, A. Birch- 
enough, R. Robson, J. R. T. Baker. 79— A. J. Udall, T. McDonald, W. J. 
Myers, C. McDougall, George Carey. 80-F. E. Rogers, A. G. Phillips, R. C. 
Thomas, A. H. Gough, F. H. Broadwell, J. W. Acton, J. B. Darling, J. F. Reid, 
C. L. Tennant, G. W. Richardson, C. Secrest, J. MacLeod. 81— W. J. Cline, S. 

B. Simpson, T. M. Moore, A. E. Thomson. 82— R. Dickenson, A. J. Johnston, A. 
W. McCormick, J. J. Ellis, E. Cocker, E. L. Deuiereuax, J. McGillvray, H. H. 
Hogarth, J. Nicholson, H. W. Potter, C. S. Anderson. 83— J. C. Heuther, W. 
J. Coulter. 84-E. J. A. Nash, Robert Vint. 88— T. Tiffin, Harvey Holmes. 
90-A. McKay, S. Bird, W. Robertson, A. T. McCall. 91-F. Saunders, A. H. 
Franks, W. H. O. Crosby, F. E. Lougheed, I. Johnson, F. H. Walden. 95-J. A. 
Henson, A. Shields, W. A. McLeod, R. Carmichael, T. A. Bromley, J. R. Ball, 

C. W. Hinds, R. J. Lewis, E. H. Jordan, John McGillis. 102-S. V. McLeod, 
T. E. McCracken, John McLarty, J. F. Gay, Peter McLarty, C. G. Goodman, 
J. W. Speers, W. H. Latham, R. Burrows, C. L. Whitby, T. E. Simpson, 
R. B. Johnstone, Art Webb. 103-S. W. Bromlev, G. F. Morton, J. R. Becks. 
110-F. W. Wood. 112-A. R. Wilson, J. Lennox, C. C. Stubbs, W. C. Davey. 
T. J. Connor. 113-N. J. Fraid, W. Ray, Paul Gunther, L. G. Wert. 114— 
W. J. Acton. 115— F. F. Balsdon, A. Serjeant, S. L. Smoke. 116— A. Keyworth, 
W. A. Wilson, J. H. Bond, G. J. Argue, D. W. F. Caldwell. 117-C. O. 
Hemphill, J. A. Hallman, H. McNulty. 119-L. N. Malott, W. H. Lowrey, H. 
Whittle, A M. Wilson. 129-E. R. Harris, W. F. Elliott. 130-M. Moulton. 
131-L. F. Dobson. 132— J. H. McKendry, B. O. Britton, G. E. Gilbert, 
W. D. Cotton. 133-T. S. McDonald, Wm. Black, M. T. Davidson, W. 
H. Wilson, W. J. Creighton, J. S. Beath. 135-V. M. Hare, J. W. Rynard. 
138— J. J. Linton T. W. Halliwell. .140-M. A. Killick, F. A. Casmen, W. 
Nase, J. Shaffer, I. J. Giribault. 145-R Hoskins, W. J. Lewis, B. F. Nicholls, 

D. C. MacBeth, J. M. Shaw, C. E. Edmonds, J. W. Phillips, Stewart Wallace, 
J. W. Hook, J. M. Innes, J. H Chant, E. H. Koken, H. M. Passmore, T. C. 
Harrison, E. A. Callighen, V. Knowles. 147-Charles H. MacDonald. 149 
-Dr. J. K. McBane, G. S. Parker, A. R. Weater. 150-R. W. Glover, R. H. 
Berry, Samuel Arbuckle, J. J. A. Farrell. 151-Hugh Sykes. 152-A. H. 
Watson. 153-W. E. Warrener, E. J. Deeley. 154— J. H. F. Ahlert, A. J. 
Peck, George A. McLacklan, George M. Williams. 155— W. W. S. Irwin. 161 


-H. C. Tirmmon, W. L. Smith, W. Brooks, H. C. Lloyd, John Lloyd. 163-L. 
M. Eckley, 1950. 167-R. D. Keefe, A. C. Adams, W. E. Preston, F. Campbell, 
D. Currie J. J. O'Hara, J. T. Foster, A. E. House, J. McGregor, T. C. Luke, 
R. J. Wilson, W. A. Bowie. 168-W. R. Bell, E. H. English, F. W. Wood. 
169-S C. McDonald, A. A. McKelvie, Francis Francis. 175-E. F. Lowry, 
J. J. Patterson, G. J. Guy. 184— C. N. Matthews, B. Beattie, Harry Cohen. 195 
-William White. 198— J. H. Elliott, William Buchanan, J. T. Heath, F. Murdoch. 
203-J. Metcalfe, J. Cullen, F. Cassie. 205-T. J. Davis. 212-H. M. Smith, 
Samuel Sternberg. 213-A. L. Joyner.,214-Mark Burford. 215-C. M. Lowe, A. 
T. Gray. 217-V. M. Hare, R. H. James. 219— J. W. Sheard, George 
Thomson. 220-H. J. Scott, E. H. Towers, W. J. Kirkpatrick. 222-D. A. 
Esdale, J. M. Hill, G. A. Aikin, A. E. Staples. 223-Peter Nelson. 224-H. L. 
A. Cope, W. J. Stutt, E. J. McMartins. 225— Vivian M. Hare, Wm. H. Taylor. 
227-L. R. Holgate, B. Doctor. 230-J. K. Mcllwrick, H. W. Hope, Harry Lee. 
231-T. H. Shepherd, W. F. Gunning, J. G. Robertson, J. Robertson, Henry M. 
S. Churchley, G. H. Brown. 232-E. G. Hohs. 233-Arthur Swain, Robert 
Watt, A. W. Acheson. 234-Henry Corke. 235-C. E. Sparks. 236-J. T. 
Armstrong, Peter Anderson. 238— J. J. Parker, A. A. Vize, H. C. Sinclair, 
C. O. Edmunds. 239-P. S. Shillington, W. J. Baird. 241-N. W. J. Haydon, 
H. L. Nesbitt, E. J. Copley. 243-F. S. Woodcock. 245-V. R. Wells, S. C. 
Lashbrook. 246-A. E. Field. 248-J. B. Taylor. 249-Edwin Joint. 250-R. S. 
Milliken, G. Browne. 251-Ralph R. Ruddick, R. A. C. Tipper, 1952. 252-G. 
L. Gallic 255— S. B. Simpson. 

Sympathy has been extended by the Chapters of which all these 
Companions were members, to those nearest and dearest to them. 

Grand Chapter now adds its last sad office of respect to de- 
parted merit, and expresses confidence that the Great Architect will 
sustain and comfort the relatives and friends, of these Companions 
in their bereavement. We are encouraged by the knowledge that 
our loss is their eternal gain. 

"Lives of great men all remind us 

We can make our lives sublime 

And departing, leave behind us 

Footprints in the sand of time." 

Respectfully submitted 

Thos. Camelford, 

K. M. MacLennon, 

Orland M. Krick, 

Frank J. Armstrong, 

L. F. Crothers 

D. A. Coe, 

R. Clark, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, and- 

Resolved -That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 



To the Most Excellent, The Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions,— 

The Committee on awards for the Distinguised Service Medal 
beg leave to report that only one application for this award has 
been submitted for consideration. 

Your committee recommend that Companion John H. Franks 
of Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, G.R.C. be awarded The Disting- 
uished Service Medal. 

"For continuous service as organist in Kitchener Chapter, No. 
117, since 1921. His untiring and unselfish devotion to his chapter 
has been a very important contribution to his chapter and to 
Wellington District. 

Fraternally submitted. 

R. V. Conover, P.G.Z., Chairman 
R. B. Dargavel, P.G.Z. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel and— 

Resolved,— That the Report on Award for the Distinguished Service Medal 
be received and adopted. 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, and— 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Awards 
for the Distinguished Service Medal, for Grand Chapter for their 
respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, 1953 Chairman 
M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, 1955 
M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, 1954 



Grand Chapter was ''Called Off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m., to 
permit the Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and 
elect the Officers of Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the 
next place of meeting. 

Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 


V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, Chairman, and V. Ex. Comp. 
James T. Gilchrist, Vice-Chairman, presented the results of the 
Elections as follows: — 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand J. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. William J. Johnston Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. William J. Grierson Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, Q.C Grand Registrar 


R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Foss Nott, 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 
R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle, 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 


The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted 
to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, 
and the following selections were confirmed: — 

R. Ex. Comp. John Ashton Lillie St. Clair District No. 1 

118 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Clayton Wilson London District No. 2 

908 Princess Avenue, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William J. Ratz Wilson District No. 3 

33 Broadway Street, Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Arthur William Gillespie Wellington District No. 4 

Orangeville, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Hamilton District No. 5 

"Balport" R.R. No. 2 Lakeshore W., Oakville, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Melville George Beatty Huron District No. 6 

Box 271, Listowel, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Carroll Eskert Griffin Niagara District No. 7 

R.R. No. 5, Welland, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank David Lacey Toronto East District No. 8 

Box 165, Aurora, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Allison McKague Toronto West District No. 8A 

3 Baby Point Crescent, Toronto, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Harry Elwood McCullough Georgian District No. 9 

49i/£ Mary Street, Barrie, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Eric William Edmondson Ontario District No. 10 

470 Donegal Street, Peterborough, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Winston Currie Hicks Prince Edward District No. 11 

Box 340, Picton, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James Arnold Payton St. Lawrence District No. 12 

Box 501, Prescott, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Henry Thomas Cuthbert Humphries, 

53 Clegg Street, Ottawa, Ont Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Angus Everett MacLean Algoma District No. 14 

Box 60, Rainy River, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest T. Querney New Ontario District No. 15 

181 Worthington Crescent, Sudbury, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Parker Faler Temiskaming District No. 16 

Box 69, Iroquois Falls, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Meek, Whitehorse Yukon District No. 17 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently addressed and given the necessary instructions as to the 
duties appertaining to their office. 


The Ninety-Fifth Annual Convocation will be held in the City of Toronto, 
Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22nd and 23rd, 1953, commencing 
at TEN o'clock in the forenoon, as per Section 20 of the Constitution. 


To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada:— 

The Committee on Education and Instruction composed of 
Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Chairman, Grand Council, Past Grand 
Z's, Rt. Ex. Comps. W. S. M. Enouy, and J. H. Coleman have not 
met as a Committee during the year, but the routine matters of the 
Committee have been carried on in the interval by the Chairman 
with reference as occasion offered to the Grand Council and the 
Past Grand Z's. 

The third Edition of the Manual of Instruction was printed 


with some minor changes and corrections at a cost of $66.00 for 
1,000 copies. 

The second Edition of the Manual for Chapter Officers was 
printed with a correction as regards the method of presenting appli- 
cations for the Distinguished Service Medal, as previously approved. 
This Edition numbered 2500 and cost $162.80, the total expense 
to Grand Chapter being $228.00 out of an appropriation of $500.00. 

There was also some re-mimeographing necessary to provide 
suffiicent copies of the detailed material for the instruction of 
Grand Superintendents; as this material previously provided is 
reaching a stage of depletion, consideration should be given during 
the coming year to a complete revision of the material before further 
copies are struck off. In the Report of the Committee of last year, 
it was recommended that the work on the "Chapter Companion," 
which has been underway for some 10 years should be completed as 
soon as possible, and when approved by the Grand Council and the 
Advisory Committe of Past Grand Z's, should be printed in suit- 
able form with a historical forward of Capitular Masonry with par- 
ticular reference to our own Grand Jurisdiction. What had ap- 
peared to be an insuperable difficulty in connection with the re- 
vision and completion of this work has now been overcome, and it 
is confidently expected that in the coming year, the work may be 
completed at least to permit of its submission for approval to the 
Grand Council and the Advisory Committee, having had the pre- 
liminary endorsement o f t h e Committee o n Education and 

Further investigations have been going on with regard to pro- 
viding suitable background music from recordings to be utilized in 
Chapters without other musical facilities available. A great deal of 
pioneer work is being done by the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada 
(K.T.) without involving Grand Chapter in any expense. The Com- 
mittee has been watching these developments, and also the develop- 
ment of a suitable reproduction equipment, which can be made 
available at low cost to the Chapters interested. 

The matter of the revision of the Ceremonies of the Installation 
of Officers both of Constituent Chapters and of Grand Chapter has 
reecived some attention, but no final draft has yet been prepared 
for submission and approval of Grand Council and Advisory Com- 


mittee of Past Grand Z's. This would be one of the matters of 
unfinished business to receive the attention of the Commitee dur- 
ing the coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. M. Pitts, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved— That the report on Education and Instruction be received 
and adopted. 


Most Excellent Companion Bradshaw, the Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is with more than usual diffidence that this capitular review 
is submitted, it was found to be almost impossible to follow in the 
steps of such a scholarly masonic giant as Most Excellent Companion 
George Gardiner had proved to be. For many years Most Excellent 
Companion Gardiner had compiled the review of Foreign Pro- 
ceedings for this Grand Chapter. His untimely death has left a gap 
in the ranks of the Reviewers of the Capitular World that cannot 
be filled. This opportunity is taken to acknowledge with sincere 
and heartfelt appreciation the very many expressions of sympathy 
which have been publicly proclaimed by Grand High Priests, Grand 
First Principals and that large body of his friends, the Capitular 
Reviewers of Fraternal Correspondence in other Jurisdictions who 
have learned to know him and learned to love him through his 
scholarly review. 

While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the end pro- 
duct is only an imitation. Bearing this in mind the form of the 
review has been changed. This year it takes the form of a topical 
review in three sections. The first section is an attempt at the 
compilation of Masonic thought gleaned from the four corners of 
the globe. Sixty one proceedings from fifty seven jurisdictions 
have been reviewed. Unfortunately the proceedings of eight juris- 
dictions viz.— Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, North 
Caroline, North Dakota, Utah and New South Wales, were not 


received up to the time this review was forwarded to the printers. 

No attempt has been made to follow any order of precedence 
of Grand Chapters. The intent is to arrange the thoughts and ideas 
in as regular and readable form as possible without interjecting com- 
ment criticism or advice. 

The main topical headings are,— Royal Arch Masonry, its 
mission, Royal Arch Masonry and the outside world, Condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry, Man is immortal, Royal Arch Masonic Edu- 
cation, The York Rite, Universality of the Royal Craft, various 
unusual activities and ideas that may be of general or particular 
interest and special or unusual charitable activities. 

This portion of the review might be summarized as follows. 
Harmony prevails throughout the entire Royal Craft World as the 
various committees of grievances and appeals unanimously present 
nil reports. Dispensations are usually commented upon. This 
comment is given. Some Grand High Priests have granted large 
numbers of dispensations to receive, ballot, even initiate candidates 
at one convocation, without observing the usual time interval. 
These practices have been within the precincts of the respective 
constitutions. The practice seems to be more prevalent in those 
jurisdictions where York Rite Festivals are held. 

It is very apparent that the Royal Craft has been served by a 
very sincere enthusiastic group of Grand High Priests and Grand 
First Principals. Their reports and addresses without exceptions 
are crammed with descriptions of a vast multitude of activities. All 
other activities and interests must have been sacrificed by these 
devoted Royal Craftsmen in order that the Royal Craft might be 
served more effectively and efficiently. Constant journeys to the 
most distant portions of their jurisdictions in order to advise, assist 
and meet their companions in their respective chapters, was their 
constant duty. Surely The Royal Craft was never better served. 

Despite the superficial differences, in ritualistic practice, tra- 
ditions, legends, constitutions, and nomenclature one thought is 
woven like a golden thread through fabric of Royal Arch Masonry. 
Invariably in the proceedings, in The Grand High Priest's and 
Grand First Principal's allocutions and addresses, the reports of 
the committees on Obituaries. The Grand Chaplains Addresses, 
Royal Arch Masonry acknowledges its unwavering belief in God, 
The Supreme Father of all mankind and unshaken faith in the 


immortality of the soul and a life everlasting. The Royal Craft 
through the mouths of its leaders publicly and privately, unani- 
mously and universally affirms this faith. 

The second part of the review is statistical. While it indicates 
an increase in members, many Grand High Priests and Grand First 
Principals are deeply concerned about the retardation in the net in- 
crease. Despite the fact that the English speaking world is pros- 
perous, the rate of increase in number of members is declining 
rapidly. Several Grand Chapters show a small decrease. Yet tre- 
mendous effort is being made to increase interest in old members 
and bring in new ones. Educational Committees, Advancement 
Committees, York Rite Festivals, Rewards, Entertainment, Banquets 
and even admonition are methods being used by every jurisdiction 
on this continent. Yet barely one in five of the Craft lodge Masons 
are on the rolls of Royal Arch Chapters. Only twenty-one New 
Chapters were granted warrants or were working under dispen- 
sation amongst the 51 Grand Chapters reviewed on this continent, 
while, in the remainder of the British speaking world consisting of 
seven Grand Chapters, 37 new chapters were formed or were work- 
ing under dispensation. The Grand chapter of England granted 
warrants to 24 chapters in the same period of time. 

One other disturbing factor is apparent. The net loss of 
members through non-payment of dues, over restorations, was over 
five thousand members. In addition 6500 members were granted 
demits. Some of these may have affiliated with other chapters. 
On this continent 11,500 Royal Arch Members were lost. 

One of the most prominent Royal Arch Masons on this contin- 
ent, after describing the Royal Craft in England asks this question. 
"How far companions have we strayed away from the ancient land- 
marks, the ancient heritage handed down to us by our ancient 

Part three of this review consists of three addresses given by 
the Grand Principals of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 
at their quarterly convocations and an address by The Grand 
Lecturer of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland. 
They are printed by permission and are particularly recommended 
to be read and studied by all masonic students. 

Most Excellent Sir, and Companions this has been a very 
pleasant assignment. It has been stimulating informative and pro- 


fitable. The hope is expressed that those into whose hands this 
review may come, may find ideas, ideals and information which 
will assist them as Royal Arch Masons. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. V. Conover, 

Past Grand First Principal 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, and— 

Reso Ived— That the report on Capitular Review be received and adopted. 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— That Most Excellent Companion R. V. Conover, be elected 
Grand Historian and Reviewer. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companio?is: — 

In presenting to the Grand Chapter of Canada this second 
report of the Special Committee on Membership, the committee de- 
sires to express to the Grand Z. Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, its deep appreciation for this continued opportunity of 
service for Royal Arch Masonry. The Committee also expresses its 
gratitude to the Grand Z., to the Grand Council and to the Grand 
Scribe E. for the valuable advice and assistance always so freely 
given. The increase in membership has a most vital place in the 
welfare of every Royal Arch Chapter and of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada, and our chapter memberships grow as interest and inspir- 
ation are stimulated among the officers and Companions of the 
constituent chapters. This will not be accomplished easily or in a 
brief period of time, but will require the combined energies and 
abilities of all who see in the degrees of the Holy Royal Arch a 
great and beautiful system of morality. We believe that a Royal 
Arch Companion will be a better man and a more valuable citizen 
because of his experience as a member of the Royal Craft. 


Your committee, on account of being widely scattered over the 
Province of Ontario was unable to meet, but by correspondence 
between the members of the committee and the chairman it has 
carried out at least part of its duties. The chairman, on invitation 
of the Grand Superintendent, Rt. Ex. Comp. L. Noble Armstrong, 
of the St. Lawrence District, addressed the members of the Past Z's. 
association of that district at Prescott in October. He also attended 
a field day of the Prince Edward District at Belleville in November, 
and had the opportunity of addressing the officers and Companions 
of that splendid district. On both these occasions an attempt was 
made to emphasize the responsibilities and privileges of member- 
ship in a Royal Arch Chapter. 

A study of the membership of the Grand Chapter of Canada 
over the past five years will give both encouragement and dis- 
appointment. Since 1947 the membership has increased from 
18,456 to 20,958, a net gain of 2,502. In that period, however, we 
have lost through resignation and suspension 1155 companions, or 
for every three additions to our membership one has left our ranks. 
Death has taken away 1,826 of our companions many of whom had 
served well and long. We are encouraged by these additions to 
our numbers, but your committee asks that immediate steps should 
be taken to increase interest in our chapters, and thus prevent the 
leakage that has so impaired our ranks for many years past. Every 
officer should sincerely ask himself the question, "Why have we 
resignations and suspensions, why do members of the craft pay 
initiation fees to join the Royal Arch, and dues for a more or less 
limited time, and then either resign or are suspended." Surely ,it 
is because our chapters are not performing the purpose of their 
existence. They are allowing the light of true masonry to burn 
exceeding low, or go out altogether. There would be fewer suspen- 
sions if the officer of the chapter whose duty it is to collect the dues 
would make that duty of paramount importance. It is the com- 
panion who forgets or neglects for the first time to pay his dues that 
nearly always sooner or later comes up for suspension. A Scribe E. 
should never give any companion an opportunity to forget this ob- 
ligation to his chapter. 

One other discouraging sign is the decline in the number 
seeking admission to our chapters. In 1951, there were only 1,047 
admissions compared to more than 1,300 in 1947, 1948 and 1949. 
This decline cannot be attributed to financial conditions, but must 


be laid at the doors of our Royal Arch Chapters. If all of our 
officers were keenly alive to their responsibilities, there would not 
be sufficient time to take care of all who would desire the priveleges 
of Capitular Masonry. When a companion is elected or appointed 
to an office in a Royal Arch Chapter, he is given a great and wonder- 
ful privilege that can only come to a small percentage of his com- 
panions. In the report of this committee a year ago, an attempt 
was made to point out the duties and responsibilities of an officer 
in a Royal Arch Chapter. He must first of all make himself thor- 
oughly familiar with all the duties of his office, make the ritual 
part and parcel of his being, by constant practice he must be able 
without prompting to communicate the lessons of the ritual to the 
candidates and to his companions. The Royal Arch ritual presents 
great and beautiful truths expressed in very wonderful and exact 
phraseology, and when properly rendered cannot fail to have a 
deep and abiding effect. Some well skilled companion should 
carefully follow each lecture, but only when very necessary prompt 
the officer. The "Work" should never be seen in the chapter room. 
The responsibility for the whole conduct of the chapter rests on the 
shoulders of the First Principal who must see that all his officers 
are well trained, and this condition will only be secured by constant 
practice and rehearsals. Also, your committee believes that the 
work of the chapter should be carried on largely by the officers 
appointed or elected to the various offices. This is not to deprive 
the First Principal occasionally using a companion from the side in 
some of the degree work. Past Principals should on request assist 
in the work in the East, but a chapter will not progress if these 
senior companions continue to act in a junior capacity. 

The Royal Arch Degree is the climax of Masonry, and fulfills 
a promise implied to the Master Mason when he was raised to that 
sublime degree. He was told that due to a dire calamity the genuine 
secrets were lost, and those which are given him are only temporary 
signs and words, but some day if he perseveres he will have restored 
to him the true secrets. These are the secrets of the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree. We are obligated to give assistance, light and know- 
ledge to all uninformed brethren, and many are awaiting our invi- 
tation and we must not be found wanting. In the previous report 
of this committee it was pointed out that only one of every six of 
the Craft Masons of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario enters 
the portals of the Royal Arch. The records of the Grand Scribe E. 
show that Royal Arch Masonry is stronger in the rural parts of this 


Grand Jurisdiction, while in our great centres of population it is 
very weak indeed. In the St. Lawrence, Prince Edward, Algoma and 
Temiskaming Districts the ratio between the craft and capitular 
masons is about four to one, while in our cities the proportion is 
seven or eight to one. These facts present to us a very difficult 
and serious problem which if we are true to our obligation, we must 
solve. Our ritual is one of surpassing beauty, filled with great 
moral truths which are particularly applicable to the present day. 
Our weakness is in the manner in which that ritual is presented to 
the candidates and companions. Only well trained officers can 
be expected to do the work of a Royal Arch Chapter. Those officers 
must be enthusiastic, and be able to communicate that enthusiasm 
to their companions and especially to the candidates. In the chap- 
ters where these conditions prevail the newly exalted companion will 
go out from the chapter meeting willing and eager to tell his craft 
brother that he has found something that greatly enriches his whole 
masonic life, something that he has been looking for since the day 
he received his Master Mason Degree. Any Royal Arch Chapter 
whose candidates leave its portals with that vision will never fail 
to have plenty of work, and will require many emergent convo- 
cations. Also, every new Royal Arch companion should have placed 
in his hands immediately following his exaltation one or more ap- 
plication forms. In Carleton Chapter No. 16, which during the last 
five years has received 250 new Royal Arch Companions, a large 
oercentage of the applications have come through these channels. 
In March of this vear twelve candidates were exalted, and each 
received two application forms and within a week one of these 
companions turned in two applications for membership in his 
chapter. Your committee would strongly recommend that these 
opportunities should never be allowed to pass. After that beautiful 
closing charge which so beautifully sums up the work of the three 
degrees, let the newly exalted candidate be again reminded of his 
obligation to dispense assistance, light and knowledge to his un- 
informed brother, and the gain to his chapter will not be small. 


Every companion elected or appointed to an office in a Royal 
Arch Chapter should be an enthusiastic Royal Arch Mason, one 
who sees in the Royal Arch Degree the very perfection of Masonry. 
He must not have an inferiority complex as far as the Royal Craft 
is concerned, and he must be ready to devote his time and talents 


to the work of his chapter. We are not all endowed by nature with 
those talents which enable us to become at once perfect ritualists, 
but hard work and a love of capitular masonry will enable most to 
rise to the heights. However, if an officer feels that he would 
prefer to give up his office, it is not wise to insist that he continue. 
Many of our chapters are not increasing in strentgh and numbers 
because their officers are not sensible to either their privileges or 
responsibilities. Your committee believes sincerely that if every 
chapter would select some well skilled and enthusiastic Past Z., and 
give to him the responsibility of instructing and training the officers 
in the rendering and interpreting the ritual, there would be a 
wonderful increase in interest, in attendance of the companions, 
and a growth in membership. There are many details that will 
greatly assist in the work of a chapter, but these will all fall into 
place if the desire to conquer is present. It should be emphasized 
that every officer should speak distinctly and loud enough that every 
companion in the chapter room will hear every word spoken. 
There is nothing so disturbing as an officer whose words can only 
be heard a short distance. The officers must command the attention 
of all present. In such a chapter there will be no conversations in 
the east or on the sides of the chapter room. 

In some chapters there is a practice of old and venerable com- 
panions continuing to occupy the same chairs year after year. Your 
committee believes that this practice does not lend itself to the 
prosperity of the chapter. It hinders promotion and does not give 
a sufficient number of the younger companions the opportunity of 
office. These veterans of the Royal Arch who in their time have 
given splendid service, should be given honorary rank in their 
chapter. There is one chapter which for many years had a most 
eminent Mason as Scribe E., but it made little or no progress. 
Eventually, this companion was called to the Grand Chapter above, 
a new officer was elected. Almost immediately this chapter sprang 
into life, and in a single year increased its membership nearly one 
hundred per cent, and it has continued to prosper ever since. By 
all means honor these veterans of the Royal Craft, but do not do it 
to the injury of the chapter. 


The Past Grand Superintendents should have a very important 
place in the life of Royal Arch Masonry, and your committee feels 


that in many cases their services are not being fully utilized. These 
distinguished companions have had wide experience, they know 
the strength and the weakness of their respective chapters and dis- 
tricts. Almost every chapter has one or more Past Grand Chapter 
officers, but very often these companions feel that when they have 
completed their year of office, that they have no further obligation 
to the Royal Craft. Any who have that feeling, have missed a 
wonderful opportunity of service to Capitular Masonry. They have 
also thrown away a chance to give themselves a great and lasting 
satisfaction. These Past Grand Superintendents should be an in- 
spiration to their chapters, and to the districts in which they were 
honored to serve. An appeal is here made to all such to give their 
experience to that body which so highly honored them. 


To-day the world needs Masonry, it needs the love of God 
and the brotherhood of Man as never before. Masonry cannot and 
does not wish to take the place of the Christian Church, but Masonry 
is the handmaid of the Church. The Church redeems and Masonry 
teaches Brotherhood. That is our responsibility and privilege. That 
Brotherhood comes from our meeting together in the ante room, 
in the Chapter Room, at the banquet table and wherever Royal 
Arch Companions come together. Your committee believes that no 
chapter can do its work to the best advantage without a fourth 


Last year the Membership committee made several recommend- 
ations to Grand Chapter, and these were sent forward to the consti- 
tuent chapters. Again, several of these are respectfully submitted 
for consideration together with one or two additions. 

1. Every chapter should open promptly at the hour stated on the 
summons. Every officer should be in his place before the time 
set, and if an officer is not present, the First Principal should 
ask some other companion to fill in, and if any officer continues 
to be late, he should be spoken to, and if necessary replaced. 

2. The Scribe E. should have all his business in order, and only 
bring to the attention of the chapter that business which cannot 


be handled by the Executive Committee. Business should not 
take more than fifteen or twenty minutes at the most. 

3. The monthly summons, while the responsibility of the First 
Principal, is generally the work of the Scribe E. This monthly 
notice is so important to the progress of a chapter that great 
care should be taken in its preparation. It should carry to the 
companions a complete record of the doings of the chapter. 
It should convey sympathy in cases of illness or bereavement, 
congratulations when such are due, and a hundred other items 
of interest. Some of the summons issued in our chapters are 
of very little value. 

4. The degree work has been already emphasized. It should be 
carried out with dispatch, and every officer must be diligent. 
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. 

5. Every chapter should have an energetic sick committee, which 
committee must be very carefully selected. Not every one can 
visit the sick. When we are ill or discouraged there is nothing 
that will so revive as the kind and sympathetic word or act of 
a good companion. Flowers are a wonderful medium of send- 
ing our sympathy to our companions in trouble. 

6. Application Forms for membership should be in the hands 
of every companion at all times. One never knows when an 
opportunity will present itself, or when an interested brother 
will ask for an application. The First Principal must never 
let a newly exalted companion leave the chapter room empty 
handed. During the summer recess the First Principal would 
do well to send a note of greeting to all his companions convey- 
ing best wishes for a pleasant holiday, and expressing the hope 
that all will be present in September. Always enclose an appli- 
cation form with this letter. This will pay large dividends. 

7. Your committee believes that every chapter should be represent- 
ed by its First Principal at Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada. There is an inspiration from these 
Grand Convocations which if carried back to the chapters will 
be productive of much good. 

8. Your committee is giving attention to the revival of capitular 
masonry in certain parts of the jurisdiction where chapters have 
fallen into decay. It is strongly recommended that Grand 


Superintendents pay particular attention to the strengthening 
of chapters which have become discouraged and disorganized. 
It is much easier to repair than it is to revive after a chapter has 

In concluding this report, the members of the Special Com- 
mittee on Membership again express to the Grand Z., their deep 
appreciation for this continued opportunity of service. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

A. Pickles, 

H. O. Taylor, 

Nobel Armstrong, 

F. Ryder, 

A. S. McLean, 

Fergus A. McDiarmid, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Special Committee on Membership be 
received and adopted. 


Letters were received conveying Greetings and expressing re- 
grets for non-attendance from: — 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta— M. Ex. Comp. 
A. Peart, G.Z., M. Ex. Comp. Sam Harris, P.G.Z. and M. Ex. 
Comp. Harold Bentley, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia— M. Ex. 
Comp. A. R. Brynell, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. E. B. Baker, P.G.Z. 
and G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba— M. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. Tisdale, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. T. Sellar Cook, P.G.Z. k G.S.E. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick— M. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. H. S. Wright, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. Roy Crawford, 
P.G.Z. & G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia— M. Ex. 
Comp. S. C. Gordon, G.H.P., M. Ex. Comp. H. F. Sipprell, P.G.H.P. 
and Grand Secretary. M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Harris, P.G.H.P. 


The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec— M. Ex. 
Comp. Archie Dyson, I.P.G.Z.; R. Ex. Comp. Ralph V. Waller, G.H. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan— M. Ex. 
Comp. T. R. Luke, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson, P.G.Z.; 
M. Ex. Comp. A. A. Wilson, P.G.Z., G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Cali- 
fornia-M. Ex. Comp. J. H. Williams, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Chester 
H. Newell, P.G.H.P. and G. Sec; M. Ex. Comp. A. L. Cavanagh, 
P.G.H.P. and our Grand Representative. 

The M. E. Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State 
of Florida— R. Ex. Comp. H. J. Wendland, our Grand Represent- 
ative, near the Grand Chapter of Florida. 

The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons— M. Ex. 
Comp. Earl E. Dusenbury, P.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. 
Walcutt, General Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois— M. Ex. 
Comp. O. T. Byler, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. W. W. Taylor, P.G.H.P.; 
M. Ex. Comp. E. E. Gore, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of Indiana— M. Ex. 
Comp. Joseph E. Brown, G.H. P.; M. Ex. Comp. Chas. C. Thomas, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa— 
M. Ex. Comp. E. S. Lofton, G.H. P.; R. Ex. Comp. Ross J. Camblin, 
Grand Secretary; M. Ex. Comp. G. E. Sanders, P.G.H.P. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana— M. Ex. 
Comp. H. O. Hartman, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Lee W. Harris, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons— M. Ex. Comp. 
F. C. Lounder, G.H. P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan— M. Ex. Comp. 
Fred W. Moore, I.P.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Jim Fairbairn Smith, 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of Missouri— M. Ex. 
Comp. Ray V. Denslow, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 


The Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
the State of Montana— R. Ex. Comp. F. L. Eukes, G.K.; M. Ex. 
Comp. Ralph N. Lodge, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey— M. Ex. Comp. 
H. W. Hammarlund, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. W. Beck, P.G.H.P. 
and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Vermont— M. Ex. 
Comp. A. D. Bishop, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Aaron H. Grout, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia— M. Ex. 
Comp. J. N. Hillman, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin 
-M. Ex. Comp. C. E. Anderson, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. W. A. Row- 
bottom, P.G.H.P and Grand Secretary. 



Most Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E. installed and in- 
vested the newly elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the 
Grand Superintendents of the several District, and they were pro- 
claimed and saluted according to ancient custom. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 

R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada be extended to the Credential Committee for the efficient manner 
in which they discharged their duties, to the Scrutineers for their services in 
taking charge of the election of the officers; to the Installing Board under Most 
Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, and to the Committee of the Convocation in Toronto, 
including the reception and entertainment of the delegates and their ladies 
who looked after the arrangements. 


The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. 
Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw: — 


R. Ex. Comp. Allen C. Mason, 

65 Hohner Avenue, Kitchener, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 

357 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin, 

367 Mark St., Peterborough, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Avenue, Sarnia, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Ernest Crawford McCullagh, Assistant Grand Chaplain 

340 Loct Street, Dunnville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edwin Harrop Grand Senior Sojourner 

Milton, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Hewett Grand Junior Sojourner 

283 Mortimer Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Southcombe Grand Sword Bearer 

Sarnia, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Pickles Grand Master 4th Veil 

101 Gledhill Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. David Kernohan Sr Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Madoc, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Arnold Grand Master 2nd Veil 

Dryden, Ontario. 



V. Ex. Comp. Alden McNeil French Grand Master 1st Veil 

Midland, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Frederick J. Putt Grand Standard Bearer 

Nilestown, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Harris Grand Director of Ceremonies 

149 Macdonnell Street, Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Story Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Petrolia, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Falconer Grand Organist 

9 Blanchard Rd., R.R. No. 1, York Mills, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Abrams Grand Pursuivant 

114 Hillsdale Avenue W., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Frederick John Cowell Grand Steward 

72 Villaire Avenue, Riverside, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Percy Vivian Lorek Pedolin Grand Steward 

Box 747, Ingersoll, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Halleck Floyd Wismer Grand Steward 

P.O. Box 237, Palmerston, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Lambert Grand Steward 

33 Huxley Avenue N., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Kenzie Holmes Saxton Grand Steward 

Box 155, Wingham, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. E. F. McFadyen Grand Steward 

Cobourg, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alexander Fraser Grand Steward 

312 Third Avenue, Pembroke, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Hinchcliffe Grand Steward 

429 Archibald Street S., Fort William, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Jack Holmes Stevenson Grand Steward 

Main Street N., North Bay, Ont. 
V. Ex.Comp. Robert Verner Neily Grand Steward 

Box 533, South Porcupine, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Lorenzo N. Wadlin Grand Steward 

172 Powell Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. A. E. Hayward Grand Steward 

46 McRoberts Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Stokes Grand Steward 

100 Manitoba Street, St. Thomas, Ontario 
V. Ex. Comp. Harry V. Watson Grand Steward 

Uxbridge, Ontario. 

Comp. Walter Wakefield Grand Outer Guard 

84 Lindsay Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample Form at 12.15 p.m., 
Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, April 24, 


Grand Scribe E. 


Tuesday evening, April 22, 1952, the Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. 
Alexander G. N. Bradshaw invited his Council, Executive Com- 
mittee and Grand Chapter Officers to a dinner in the Yellow Room, 
King Edward Hotel, Toronto, in honor of his Distinguished Guests. 
The wives of our guests were entertained at a dinner in the Blue 
Room, King Edward Hotel by Mrs. A. G. N. Bradshaw and her 

Wednesday evening, April 23, 1952, the Annual Banquet was 
held in the Crystal Ballroom, King Edward Hotel and once again 
we were favored by an outstanding speaker, R, Ex. Comp. Rev. 
Charles D. Broughton of Buffalo, New York, Grand Chaplain of 
the Grand Chapter of New York, and Grand Chaplain of the 
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, his audience, over 
450 Companions and ladies were thrilled by his flow of amusing 
stories for nearly an hour, his final message was one we will not 
forget for some time to come. 

Mr. James Milligan, well known Canadian Baritone, sang twice 
giving five numbers, each one better than the first, his final being 
the Lords Prayer, the quality of his voice made one want for more. 
He was accompanied at the piano by our good friend and compan- 
ion Charles Musgrove. 

Special mention and sincere thanks are extended to the com- 
mittee in charge of the Convocation for their untiring efforts to 
make the 94th Annual Convocation successful. 

Messages and letters of congratulations were received from a 
large number of our Sister Jurisdictions. 

Each visiting delegate was given the opportunity to express 
greetings, etc., from their respective Grand Bodies; which were 
thoroughly enjoyed by all of the Companions. 


R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor Grand H. 

R.R. No. 1, Hornby, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, Q.C., Grand Z„ 1939, 1940-1942 

52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reg. V. E. Conover O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946 

Brampton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948 Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, 

Kenniston Apartments, OttaAva, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941 

234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto 9, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand }. 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred J.Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William J. Grierson Grand Scribe N. 

161 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie, 

1905A Queen St. East, Toronto, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Foss Nott, 

Box 55, North Bay, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 

485 Queen's Avenue, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 

9 Jane Street, Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle, 

Apt. 309, 51 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, Ont 


R. Ex. Comp. Allan C. Mason, 

65 Hohner Avenue, Kitchener, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 

357 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin, 

Peterborough, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Avenue, Sarnia, Ont. 


(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, 

234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. DeForest Charles Patmore, 

121 Peter Street North, Orillia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 


( Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 


M. Ex. Comps. L. F. Stephens (Chairman) ; J. M. Burden; R. V. Conover; 
F. W. Dean; C. M. Pitts; R. B. Dargavel. 


R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore (Chairman) ; M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel; 
R. Ex. Comp. R. N McElhinney 


R Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott; R. Ex. Comps. J. A. Lillie; J. C. Wilson; 
W. J. Ratz. 


R Ex. Comp. J. E. Girvin (Chairman) ; Grand Scribe E.; R. Ex. Comps. 
Stan Portch, F. D. Lacey. 


R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie (Chairman) ; Grand Council; Grand Trea- 
surer; Grand Scribe E.; Chairman of Committee on Investments; the Auditor 
(Ex Officio); M. Ex. Comps. L. F. Stephens, J. M. Burden, R. V. Conover, 
C. M .Pitts. 


V Ex. Comp. M. E. Gooderham (Chairman); Grand Council; Grand 
Treasurer; Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, Q.C. (Chairman); L. F. Stephens, Q.C.; 
R. V. Conover. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Mason, (Chairman) . 


R. Ex. Comps. W. B. Stothers (Chairman); A. C. Mason, A. W. Gillespie, 
M. G. Beatty, C. E. Griffin, W. A. McKague. 



R Ex. Comp. R. Clark (Chairman) ; R. Ex. Comps. Rev. W. J. Johnston, 
H. E. McCullough, E. W. Edmondson, P. Faler, E. T. Querney. 

M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover (Chairman) . 

R. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (Chairman) ; B. H. Smith. 


M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts (Chairman) ; Grand Council; Past Grand 
Z's; R. Ex. Comps. W. S. M. Enouy, J. H. Coleman. 


R Ex. Comps. F. A. McDiarmid (Chairman); W. C. Hicks, Rev. J. A. 
Payton, H. T. C. Humphries, A. E. MacLean. 

M. Ex. Comps. R. V. Conover, L. F. Stephens, R. B. Dargavel. 




Name of Chapter 

Where Eeld 

Regular Convocation 


Ancient Frontenac & 

Third Friday 


The h iram .... 



St. Andrew & St. John. 





Second Thursday 


The Moira . 















St. Mark's 


Fourth Friday 






Prince Edward 




Third Monday 




Third Monday 



Third Monday. . . 







Port Hope 


Second Friday 







St. Mary's 



St. John's 





King Hiram 


Sussex-St. Lawrence 







Owen Sound 

First Friday 



Third Tuesday 




First Monday 

Second Thursday 





Third Friday 




St, Paul's 

The Malloch 



Grin sby 

Prince of Wales 




St. Clair 



Second Wednesday 

Third Monday 



Grin sby 





First Monday 







Niagara Falls 





Third Monday 

First Friday 

Third Thursday 


Third Friday 




Second Friday 

Third Monday 








Fourth Wednesday 



Third Wednesday 





Second Friday 



First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1952 

J. L. Orme 

W. A. Wilton 

J. W. Gough 

H. Hodgins 

R. W. Norris 

Wm. Wilkie 

W. J. Batchelor . . . 

Arthur Otis 

G. A. Helson 

R. J. Axcell 

T. Allison 

J. H. Johnson. . . . 
Thos. W. Weller . . 

E. McNally 

J. Averett 

P. N. Riches 

D. A. Haines 

M. A. Jones 

H. H. Tonkin 

C. A. Brown 

E. N. Graham 

Amos B icks 

G. J. Johnson . . . . 

B. Lamont 

F. Ing 

N. H. Hewitt 

M. B. Bickle 

P. W. Mercer 

E. Buck 

H. H. Langford . . . 
L. Chatterson .... 

F. H. May 

Frank Simmonds. . 

E. W. Niles 

W. J. K. Balls 

J. W. Cunningham 
A. V. Nightingale . 
H.J. McGregor... 

C. E. Siddall 

C. EL Riddell '.'.'.'.'. 

E. J. Lee 

G. W. Middleton . 
J. W. McFadyen . . 
George Curtis .... 

A. E. Hanna 

J. Doig 

A. McGuean 

G. J. Purcell 

Geo. Sills 

Louis Hamilton . . . 
Walter Warren . . . 

Lewis J. Fox 

K. R. Martin 

Wm. Clement . . . . 

F. W. Morcom . . 

D. Falconer 

C. J. Fox 

H. D. Ballod 

E. J. Barchard. . . 

W. J Reid 

Geo. Hill 

B. T. Parkinson . . 
John McLean 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1952 

T. N. Clarke 

J. H. Forbes 

J. A. Elgie 

Robt. J. Gray 

Abraham Cavanagh 
John E. Grady .... 

S. H. Lennox 

S. G. Tinker 

E. L. Treitz 

F. A. McDiarmid . . 

Alex, Wishart 

A. E. Coombs 

R. W. E. McFadden 

E. A. Cook 

W. F. Tyrrell 

Geo. S. Atkins 

F. W. Sherbert 

R. H. Davidson .... 

N. W. Purdy 

A. W. Dayman .... 
F. R. Darrow 

E. R. Hodeson .... 

F. C. Ackert 

A. G. Bowie 

R. McNee 

D. Miller 

M. P. Wickett 

R. M. Finlay 

Wm. Clothier 

E. J. Walters 

A. A. Kemp 

J. W. Durr 

L. H. Veale 

W. S. Cooper 

R. M. Story 

K. S. Woodward . . . 

A. N. Irvine 

Dr. C. J. Baxendale 

C. G. Carter 

A. I. Tongue 

H. N. McKenney . . 

J. T. Kelly 

C. M. Platten 

R. J. Kincaid 

C. E. Griffin 

C. C. Kilner 

C. A. Barber 

R. G. Barton 

I. M. Anderson. . . . 

F. E. Russ 

R. Charles Brushett 

T. W. Solmes 

T. E. Armstrong . . . 

A. W. Holt 

E. Harrop 

C. H. Sheppard 

J. T. Gilchrist 

George Portice 

R. V. Edge 

G. Gale . 

B. C. Damude 

S. H. Green 

A. L. Hartmier 

J. A. Rutherford . . . 





































































































































































Name of Chapter 



T oronto- Antiquity 


Tuscan , 


St. John's 

White Oak 


St. John's 






King Cyrus 





St. Francis 

King Darius 



Fort William 



The St. Patrick . . . 



St. John's . , 









The Beaches 





The Hamilton . . . . 
Hujrh Murray . . . . 






Mount Sinai 

Northern Lights . . 



St. Alban's 

Prince Edward . . . 








Where Held 






Ste. Marie 
North Bay . . . 


Warkworth. . . 
Morrisburg . . . 




Carleton Place 
Kitchener .... 
Leamington . . 


Southampton . 


Gananoque . . . 
Smiths Falls . . 
Cannington . . . 



Fort William. . 






Vankleek Hill . 
Rainy River. . 


Pembroke .... 
Fort Frances . . 
Wallaceburg . . 
Daw son City . 




West Lome . . . 


Camrbellford . 
New Liskeard . 
Hamilton .... 
Fort Erie N. . . 
Brampton .... 










Shelburne .... 


Lambton Mills 



Iroquois Falls . 
Hamilton .... 

Regular Convocation 

Fourth Tuesday . . . 
Fourth Wednesday 
Third Monday 
Third Thursday . . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Friday 

First Thursday . . . . 
Third Wednesday . 
Second Wednesday 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday . . 

Third Monday 

Third Monday 

First Wednesday . . 

First Friday 

Second Wednesday 

First Tuesday 

First Tuesday 

Last Tuesday 

Fourth Tuesday . . . 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday . . 
Second Thursday . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Monday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Tuesday 

Third Friday 

Second Friday .... 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Friday 

Third Thursday. . . 
Third Tuesday 
Third Thursday. . . 
Second Tuesday . . . Monday 

Third Thursday. . . 
Third Tuesday 
Fourth Monday . . . 

First Monday 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday . . . . 
Third Monday ... 
First Wednesday . . 
Third Tuesday. . . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Tuesday 

Second Friday 

Third Tuesday 
First Wednesday . . . 

First Friday 

First Tuesday 

Third Wednesday 
Second Monday . . . 
First Wednesday . . . 
Third Wednesday . . 
Second Wednesday . 
Fourth Thursday . . 
Third Wednesday . . 
Third Thursday . . 
Second Thursday . . 

Fourth Friday 

First Monday . 
Second Wednesday . 




First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1952 

Albert Shute 

A. Barclay 

Clare Howes 

E. Salway 

R. M. Merrilees 

E. Hirst 

H. Haley 

Gordon Brown 

H. S. Ewing 

G. O. Davies 

Jack Pottie 

R. W. Stark 

H. A. Telfer 

R. I. Cross 

F. W. Hoodless 

B. M. White 

Howard Dungey 

W. H. Gorrell 

A. E. Hardman 

R. G. Kelly 

Rev. C. E. Armstrong 

i'.iilwi' !'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. 

J. Benson 

David Harcus 

W S. McLean 

J as. Hulin 

R. L. Carr 

George McDonald . . . 
P. W. Hoag 

B. O'Flaherty 

S. C. Vennes 

R. W. Lusby 

Denzil Burns 

T. Simpson 

W. C. Laing 

D. W. Lewis 

W. E. Dorr 

R. N. Broad 

J. H. Williamson 

Cecil Arnold 

A. MacDonald 

Jos. Thain 

J. M. Shouldice 

W.J. McGilvery 

S. Thornley 

H. McClure 

H. W. Gill 

D. Barnett 

L. C. Lindsay 

S. J. Sword! '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. 

A. E. Humphries 

S. Mitchell 

G. J. Stewart 

E. A. Woodland 

Hilton Emrick 

J. L. Darge 

A. E. Sharpe 

William Leonard 

A. G. Humphries . . . . 

F. E. Childs 

W. J. Britton 

C. L. Carter 

Scribe E. 
for the Year 1952 

C. W. King 

C. H. Quinton 

J. B. Wallace 

F. S. Crichton 

P. A. Coats 

George Hall 

Dr. B. F. Nott . . . 

J. G. Hadden 

O. B. Phillips 

W. B. McConnell . 

E. T. Robertson . 

H. Young 

H. J. Broughton . . 

H. C. Skinner 

W. R. Cooper 

G. Bloomtield 

F. Portenield 

Howard Yates . . . . 

G. G. Sinclair 

J. N. MacMillan. . 
C. A. Bailey 

F. H. Moore 

J. K. Noble 

E. A. Snell 

G. H. Iddon 

G. H. MacDougall 

C. A. Wilson 

J. R. Legecy 

W. H. Sargent 

A. C. Agnew 

Dr. D. A. Irvine . . 

Wm. Hirst 

G. T. E. Martin . . 

C. W. Fraser 

J. B. Edgar 

John Burnett 

R. G. Menchions. . 
T. E. Walker 

D. Kernohan 

D. L. Eaton 

R. J. Lemon 

Rev. J. H. Olmsted 

W. H. Brady 

V. Dinesen 

E. Greenhalgh .... 
J. A. Bell 

E. A. Hay 

H. K. Maynard . . . 
H. O. Armstrong . . 

H. S. Soarks 

A. Walker 

A. M. Axler 

T. Small 

J. S. Maddock .... 

T. B. Rogers 

J. A. Mackie 

S. Patterson 

G. C. Macdonell . . 

W. M. Creech 

H. C. McKecknie . 
A. H. McKee 

F. J. Bean 

J. S. Drvsdale .... 
A. T. Thorpe 

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Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 




Port Credit . 

Third Thursday 



Port Credit . 


The St. Clair . 




Third Tuesday 






Third Friday 


Third Friday 



The St. Andrew 





St. Paul's 






Third Tuesday 


Third Friday 


Third Thursday 


First Monday 


Third Monday 


Second Wednesday 


Fourth Wednesday 


First Monday 


Regal . . 

Second Wednesday 


Third Monday 


First Tuesday 



1-J. D. Thomas. 3-Samuel Logan, F. B. Ross, C. H. Robinson, A. H. Shouldice, 
Louis Stokes. 5-G. E. Burrell, John Smith. 20-J. A. Stewart, C. J. Clements, C. 
A. Potter. 22-L. G. Moulton. 28-T. T. Hele. 40-E. G. Hayward, F. F. Tophaw. 
46-F. R. Clark, H. G. Harris, W. McKay, D. C. White. 48-Frank Deller, G. W. 
McCullough. 54-J. E. Boyer, E. M. Cohoe, A. W. Galloway, V. L. Robinson. 
57-R. L. Day. 62-T. J. MacFarlane. 63-C. H. Blackwell, Joseph Bruce, 
E. F. Martyn. 68-S H. Gallop. 69-F. D. Austin, L. A. Bromley, C. E. Dur- 
ham, Stewart Hart, W. J. Schwab, J. B. McCausland, R. Wismer. 74-Merritt 
Muxlon. 79-John Magown, M. G. Allan, E. S. Nugent, J. C. Morris. 80- 
William Hadley, A. H. Cope, R. D. Heaton. 91— J. G. Spotteswood, N. D. 
Warren, W. H. Wright, William McLagen, J. T. Sanderson, Harry Streeter. 
103-S. L. G. Ives. 115-W. F. Hewitt. 119— jf. A. E. Burrows, H. G: Hartford, 
W. B. Rousley. 130-D. A. Bull, A. Brown. 133— J. T. Pearson. 138-A. 
W. Sturdy, Grant Whittaker. 145— J. H. Dalziel, Frank Driver, T. E. Lemon, 
W. J. Mansfield, Leland Martin, J. A. Mills, F. G. Mishow, T. W. O'Neill, J. 
W. Roberts, T. R. Rogers, F. H. Sanders, R. J. Sibery, J C. Soelberg, C. B. Smith, 
J. Thomas, F. Turner, J. B. Cronk. 148— Allen Gourley, Harry Greenspoon, 
A. C. Price. 149-R. W. Forbes, Neil McLean, C. A. Park. 150-R. D. Cooper, 
Richard Peet. 161— S. G. Both, S. Embury, G. L. Thain. 163-R. D. English. 
S. Graham, T. E. Hawkins, A. Lepper. 164-L. D. Hill, G. W. Heatherington, 
W. S. Merritt, C. A. Campbell, J. N. Doub, G. E. Ford, C. T. Lang, K. Manfield, 







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for the Year 1952 

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F. C. Wright 

P. E. Kerr 

L. V. Wood 

W. M. Barlow 

K. Madill 

L. J. Colling 

Robert Fick 

A. E. Hayward 

Charles Wray 

Frank Hope 

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D. S. Moncrieff 

W. D. Harrison 

S. H. Car.ile 



W. Jennings 


R. McMurdo 

E. Jacklin 

L. T. Packham 

H. R. Cantelon 

James Lawrence 

S. Winterbottom 

A. V. Sedgwick 

George Monkhouse . . 

S. Magder 

i-Jrnest Pickles 

G. U. Howell 

John H. Lee 

A. P. Hertel 

A. J. Sidders 

John Johnson 

Geo. R. Clarke 

L. W. Dippell 

Walter Hockney .... 

G. S. Tipper 

R. A. Bond 

Vernon Ryerse 

Arthur R. Arnold . . . 





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E. F. Verch 

A. F. McKenzie 

A. H. MacQuarrie. . . . 

J. E. Riddell 

E. J. Wilson 

H. G. Edsrar 

R. R. Dcudas 

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M. Merritt, H. Gilchrist, T. K. Byers, V\ 7 . A. Becker. 169-D. Dale W. A. 
Griffith, W. J. McWhirlee. 198-H. R. Campkin, C W. Dickie, N. R. Doolittle, 
R. A. Ross, F. M. Lamb, L. W. Newton. 213-H. E. Waddle, A. A. Bell, J. D. 
McPhail, E. T. Tomlinson. 214— Wilfrid Luke, John Snider, A. G. McLennan. 
222-F. A. Williams, J. P. I. Cllancy, William Meehan. 224-T. E. Powell. 225 
-R. A. Rylance, Gilbert Reid, T. K. Reid, Thomas Reid. 227-Stuart Riley. 
232-A. F. Moore, W. C. Trim. 238-L. R. Morton, G. T. Peak, I. F. Robinson, 
R. L. Barnes. 239-D. A. Gordon. 241-R. M. Gibson, G. W. Bater, P. M. 
Shearer, A. Hilton, S. O. Rogers, W. Ross, W. J. Langdon. 247-J. H. Hann, 
A. J. W. Benham, G. C. Fenning, Bruce Richardson, E. R. Munroe. 250-A. G. 
Pirak, L. Meckeff, James Anderson, F. Larsen, M. E. Pollock, H. E. Webb. H. 
P. McArthur, K. Lyons, A. H. Allison, A. J. Hodgin, L. W. Smith. 254-J. D. 


Chapter No. 1-H. V. Moore, 5-William H. Rake. 16-A. B. Adams. 26- 
P. Graham. 28-A. W. F. Woodward, C. Smedley. 29-J. Webber. 54-C. H. 
Broadbent, C. E. Secord. 65-E. B. Nebb. 73— J. W. McKay. 76-R. A. 
Chambers. 80-H. R. McKim, E. R. Dela Haye. 144-R. A. Riegar. 146- 
C. M. Scott. 151— (4) written off in error. 161-Ezra Smith. 164-N. J. Doub, 
K. Maxfield, W. Becker. 167— (3) written off in error. 169— J. W. Rodie. 
218- (1) written off in error. 219— J. H. Whitehead. 231— J. Smith. 233-N. 
Walmsly. 246-A. G. Holman. 247-E. R. Munroe. 252-W. V. Atmore. 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. John Ashton Lillie 
118 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

No. No. 

47. Wellington Chatham 119. King Cyrus Leamington 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 164. Lome West Lome 

80. Ark Windsor 239. Blenheim Blenheim 

88. MacNabb Dresden 250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Clayton Wilson 
908 Princess Avenue, London, Ont. 

No. No. 

3. St. John's London 81. Aylmer Aylmer 

5. St. George's London 150. London London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 214. Vimy Inwood 

53. Bruce Petrolia 238. The St. Andrew London 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

74. Beaver Strathroy 247. Nilestown Nilestown 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. William J. Ratz, 
33 Broadway Street, Woodstock 

No. No. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 41. Harris Ingersoll 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 115. Brant Paris 

23. Ezra Simcoe 253 Regal Port Dover 

255. Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Arthur William Gillespie 
Orangeville, Ontario. 

No. No. 

32. Waterloo Gait 218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

40. Guleph Guelph 221. Durham Durham 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 234. Halton Georgetown 

83. Ionic Orangeville 245. Preston Preston 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, 
"Balport" R.R. No. 2 Lakeshore W., Oakville, Ont. 

No. No. 

2. The Hiram Hamilton 175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 224. Keystone Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 236. Caledonia Caledonia 

104. White Oak Oakville 243. McKay Stoney Creek 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Melville George Beatty, 
Box 271, Listowel, Ontario. 

No. No. 

24. Tecumseth Stratford 84. Lebanon Wingham 

30. Huron Goderich 129. Elliot Mitchell 

46. St. James St. Marys 130. Chantry Southampton 

63. Havelock Kincardine 146. Bernard Listowel 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Carroll Eskert Griffin, 
R.R. No. 5, Welland, Ontario. 

No. No. 

19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 69. Grimsby Grimsby 

29. McCallum Dunnville 76. Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55. Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 240. Smithville Smithville 

64. Willson Welland 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Frank David Lacey, 
Box 165, Aurora, Ontario 

No. No. 

4. St. Andrew & St. John .... Toronto 163. The Beaches Toronto 

8. King Solomon's Toronto 205. Victoria Thornhill 

62. York Toronto 217. St. Alban's Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 225. Beaver Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 235. Aurora Aurora 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 241. University Toronto 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. William Allison McKague, 
3 Baby Point Crescent, Toronto, Ontario. 

No. No. 

77. Occident Toronto 220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91. Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230. Port Credit Port Credit 

138. Shekinah Toronto 231. The St. Clair Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 232. King Cyrus Toronto 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 233. Oakwood Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 246. Humber Weston 

219. Ulster Toronto 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Harry Elwood McCullough, 
49i/2 Mary Street, Barrie, Ontario 

No. No. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 131. Amabel Wiarton 

34. Signet Barrie 167. Kichikewana Midland 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 198. Couchiching Orillia 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Eric William Edmondson, 
470 Donegal Street, Peterborough, Ontario. 

No. No. 

28. Pentalpha Oshawa 94. Midland Lindsay 

35. Keystone Whitby 110. Warkworth Warkworth 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 134. King Darius Cannington 

37. Victoria Port Hope 168. Ionic Campbellford 

45. Excelsior Colborne 249. Palestine Bowmanville 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Winston Currie Hicks, 
Box 340, Picton, Ontario. 

No. No. 

7. The Moira Belleville 72. Keystone Stirling 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 144. Presqulle Brighton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 161. Madoc Madoc 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James Arnold Payton, 
Gananoque, Ontario. 

No. No. 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 68. Maitland Kemptville 

Kingston 112. St. John's Morrisburg 

22. Grenville Prescott 113. Covenant Cornwall 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence .... Brockville 132. Leeds Gananoque 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Henry Thomas Cuthbert Humphries, 
53 Clegg Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

No. No. 

16. Carleton Ottawa 148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61. Granite Almonte 151. Laurentian Pembroke 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 210. Kitchener Russell 

116. Maple Carleton Place 222. Ottawa Ottawa 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 226. Prince of Wales Perth 

143. Glengarry Maxville 248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Angus Everett MacLean, 
Box 60, Rainy River, Ontario. 

No. No. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 149. Atwood Rainy River 

90. Golden Kenora 152. Alberton Ft. Frances 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 254. Golden Star Dryden 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Ernest T. Querney, 
181 Worthington Crescent, Sudbury, Ontario 

No. No. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 103. St. John's North Bay 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Parker Faler, 
Box 69, Iroquois Falls, Ontario 

No. No. 

169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Meek, 
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory 

154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 

256. Yukon Whitehorse, Y.T. 



Chapter No. 

1. J. L. Orme, 440 Division Street, Kingston, Ont. 

2. Walter A. Wilton, 93 Rarnesdale Rlvd.. Hamilton, Ont. 

3. John W. Gough, 696 York Street, London, Ont. 

4. H. E. Hodgins, 104 Glengrove Ave. West, Toronto, Ont. 

5. R. W. Norris, 140 Alaunia Street, London, Ont. 

6. W. H. Wilkie, 128 Ward Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. W. J. Batchelor, 185i/4 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ont. 

8. Arthur Otis, 23 Watson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

15. George A. Helson, 115 Watson Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. R. J. Axcell, 132 General Avenue. Ottawa, Ont. 

18. Thomas Allison, 57 Givins Street, Woodstock. Ont. 

19. J. H. Johnson, 1 Morgan Street, St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. J. A. Malcolm, 85 Bunvell Street, Brantford, Ont. 

22. Ed. McNally, Prescott, Ont., 

23. J. L. Averett, R.R. No. 3, Vanessa, Ont. 

24. P. N. Riches, 31 Centre Street, Stratford, Ont. 

26. Donald Haines, 44 Avenue Street, Oshawa, Ont. 

27. M. A. Jones, 62 Niagara Street, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. H. H. Tonkin, 609 Mary Street, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. C. A. Brown, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. Elmer N. Graham, Goderich, Ont. 

31. Amos Hicks, R.R. No. 1, Picton, Ont. 

32. Gordon Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Ave. South, Gait, Ont. 

34. B. Lamont, 16 Burton Avenue, Barrie, Ont. 

35. F. Ing, Euclid Street, Whitby, Ont. 

36. N. H. Hewitt, 56 Robinson Street, Peterborough, Ont. 

37. M. B. Bickle, R.R. 1, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. Paul Mercer, 23 Catherine Street, Guelph, Ont. 

41. Ernest Buck, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. H. H. Langford, Napanee, Ont. 

45. Lloyd Chatterson, R.R. No. 4, Colborne, Ont. 

46. Frank H. May, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. Frank Simmons, 41 Edgar Street, Chatham, Ont. 

48. E. W. Niles, 87 Albert Street, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. W. J. Keith Balls, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. J. W. Cunningham, 33 First Avenue, St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. A. V. Nightingale, R.R. No. 5, St. Catharines, Ont 

56. H. J. McGregor, 523 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. C. E. Siddall, 34 Fielden Avenue, Port Colborne, Ont. 
59. C. H. Riddell, 56 Sherwood Street, Brockville, Ont. 
61 E. J. Lee, Almonte, Ont. . 

62. G. W. Middleton, 3238 Yonge Street, Toronto 

63. J. W. McFadyen, Tiverton, Ont. 

64. G. W. Curtis, 36 Margery Road, Welland, Ont. 

65. A. E. Hanna, 184 Bloor Street West, Toronto 

66. James Doig, R.R. No. 4, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. A. McGugon, Box 10, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. G. J. Purcell, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. George Sills, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. L. A. Hamilton, Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Walter Warren .Stirling, Ont. 

73. Lewis J. Fox, Ridgetown, Ont. 


Chapter No. 

74. K. R. Martin, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

75. W. H. Clement, Milton, Ont. 

76. F. W. Morcom, 2292 Pine Grove Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Dunbar Falconer, 9 Blanchard Road, York Mills, R.R. No. 1 

78. Charles J. Fox, R.R. No. 7, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. H. D. Ballod, 48 Torrense Avenue, Toronto 6, Ont. 

80. E. J. Barchard, 462 Prince Road, Windsor, Ont. 

81. W. J. Reid, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. George Hill, 92 Jean Street. Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. B. T. Parkinson, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. John McLean, Wroxeter, Ont. 

88. Albert Shute, R.R. No. 1, Thamesville, Ont. 

90. Alex. Barclay, 226 Second Street North, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Clare Howes, 397 Davisville, Avenue, Toronto 6, Ont. 

94. Edward Salway, Bond Street, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. R. M. Merrilees, 354 Medora Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

102. E. Hirst, 112 Railroad Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. H. Haley, 830 Queen Street, North Bay, Ont. 

104. Gordon Brown, William Street, Oakville, Ont. 
110. Harry S. Ewing, Wooler, Ont. 

112. Rev. G. O. Davies, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. John M. Pottie, 111 Adolphus Street, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. R. W. Stark, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. Harold A. Telfer, R.R. No. 2, Paris, Ont. 

116. R. I. Cross, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. Fred Hoodless, 17 Rose Street, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. B. M. White, Wheatley, Ont. 

129. Howard Dungey, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. W. H. Gorrell, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. A. E. Hardman, Box 284, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. Robert G. Kelly, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. Rev. C. E. Armstrong, 44 Maple Street, Smiths Falls, Ont. 
135. John D. Hill, R.R. No. 4, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. J. Benson, 738 Windermere Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

140. David Harcus, 1523 Walsh Street, Fort William, Ont. 

143. W. S. McLean, Maxville, Ont. 

144. J. D. Hulin, Brighton, Ont. 

145. R. L. Carr, 147 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto 9, Ont. 

146. George McDonald, R.R. 1, Listowel, Ont. 

147. P. W. Hoag, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. B. J. OTlaherty, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. S. C. Vennes, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. R. W. Lusby, R.R. No. 9, London, Ont. 

151. Denzil Burns, 332 Esther Street, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. T. Simpson, Court House, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. W. C. Laing, Sombra, Ont. 

155. W. E. Dorr, R.R. No. 3, Hannon, Ont. 

161. Newell Broad, Madoc, Ont. 

163. J. H. Williamson, 18 Norway Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

164. Cecil Arnold, Rodney, Ont. 

167. A. D. MacDonald, Tanner Apts., Midland, Ont. 

168. J. A. Thain, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. M. Shouldice, Haileybury, Ont. 

175. W. J. McGilvery, 60 Prospect Street South, Hamilton, Ont. 


Chapter No. 

184. S. Thornley, 308 Phipps Street, Fort Erie, Ont. 

195. Hyatt McClure, R.R. No. 2, Brampton, Ont. 

198. H. W. Gill, Orillia, Ont. 

203. D. Barnett, Latchford, Ont. 

205. L. C. Lindsay, R.R. No. 1, York Mills, Ont. 

212. Samuel J. Sword, 2185a Queen Street East, Toronto, Ont. 

213. A. E. Humphries, Box 470, Timmins, Ont. 

214. Sam Mitchell, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. G. J. Stewart, 30 Park Boulevard, Long Branch, Ont. 

217. E. A. Woodland, 428 Glengarry Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

218. Hilton Emrick, Homings Mills, Ont. 

219. J. L. Darge, 5 Meadowlane Avenue, Beverley Hill, P.O., North York. 

220. A. E. Sharpe, 37 St. Cuthbert's Road, Toronto 17, Ont. 

221. William Leonard, Durham, Ont. 

222. A. G. Humphries, 52 Glengarry Road, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. Frederick Childs, Porquois Junction, Ont. 

224. W. J. Britton, 65 Tuxedo Avenue North, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. C. L. Carter, 38 High Park Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

226. F. C. Wright, Perth, Ont. 

227. Percy Kerr, 307 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ont. 

230. H. L. Potter, 1026 Edgeleigh Avenue, Lakeview, Ont. 

231. David S. Moncrieff, 100 Lanark Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

232. W. D. Harrison, 272 Oak Park Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

233. Stanley Carlile, 149 Fern Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

234. Jack Addy, Glen Williams, Ont. 

235. Wilbert Jennings, King City, Ont. 

236. C. G. Duns, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. Robert McMurdo, 139 Delaware Avenue, London, Ont. 

239. E. Jacklin, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. L. T. Packham, R.R. No. 1, Smithville, Ont. 

241. H. R. Cantelon, 89 Wanless Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

242. James Lawrence, 189 Elmwood Avenue, London, Ont. 

243. Sydney Winterbottom, 190 Rosslyn Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

245. Arthur Jefkins, 843 Vine Street, Preston, Ont. 

246. R. H. Taylor 486 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ont. 

247. G. E. Fuller, R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

248. E. V. Verch, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. A. F. McKenzie, Orono, Ont. 

250. A. H. MacQuarrie, 1977 Pillette Road, Windsor, Ont. 

251. J. E. Riddell, 8 Queen Street, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. E. J. Wilson 828 London Road, Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Henry Edgar, 146 Rothsay Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

254. R. R. Douglas, 117 St. Charles Street, Dryden, Ont. 

255. W. L. Young R.R. No. 3, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

256. James Greer, PO. Box 770, Whitehorse, Y.T. 



Chapter No. 

1. T. N. Clarke, 173 MacDonnell Street, Kingston, Ont. 

2. J. Herbert Forbes, 24 Binkley Crescent, Hamilton, Ont. 

3. James A. Elgie, 907 Lome Avenue, London, Ont. 

4. Robert J. Gray, 70 Beechborough Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

5. Abraham Cavanagh, 585 St. James Street, London, Ont. 

6. John E. Grady, 85 Balmoral Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont., 

7. S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 31 Wilfrid Avenue., Toronto 12, Ont. 

15. E. L. Treitz, 455 Cromwell Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

18. Alex. Wishart, 448 Dundas Street, Apt. 3, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. E. Coombs, 197 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart Street, Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, Prescott, Ont. 

23. W. F. Tyrrell, 240 Kent Street South, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. George S. Atkins, 257 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ont. 

26. Frank W. Sherbert, 116 King Street, Trenton, Ont. 

27. R. H. Davidson, 361 Cedar Street, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King Street West, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. A. W. Dayman, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. F. R. Darrow, Box 277, Goderich, Ont. 

31. E. R. Hodgson, Box 433, Picton, Ont. 

32. F. C. Ackert, 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait, Ont. 

34. A. G. Bowie, 6 Charles St., Barrie, Ont. 

35. R. McNee, P.O. Box 211, Whitby, Ont. 

36. D. Miller, 312 Boswell Avenue, Peterborough, Ont. 

37. Mark P. Wickett, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. R. M. Finlay, 42 Central Street, Guelph, Ont. 

41. William Clothier, Box 704, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. Ernest J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. A. A. Kemp, Box 45, Castleton, Ont. 

46. J. W. Durr, St. Mary's, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames Street, Chatham, Ont. 

48. W. Sherman Cooper, 277 Division Street North, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan Street, St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. A. N. Irvine, R.R. No. 2, St. Catharines, Ont 

56. Dr. C. J. Baxendale, 900-2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. C. G. Carter, 245 Alexandra Street, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. H. N. McKenney, 16 Beecher Street, Brockville, Ont. 

61. J. T. Kelly, Box 255, Almonte, Ont. 

62. C. M. Platten, 52 Donegall Drive, Toronto 12, Ont. 

63. R. J. Kincaid, Box 149, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. C. E. Griffin, R.R. No. 5, Welland, Ont. 

65. C. C. Kilner 68 Yonge Street, Toronto ,Ont. 

66. C. A. Barber, Box 486, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. I. M. Anderson Kemptville, Ont. 

69. F. E. Russ, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. R. Charles Brushett, Essex, Ont. 

72. Thomas W. Solmes, Court House Building, Belleville, Ont. 


Chapter No. 

73. Thomas E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. A. W. Holt, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. Edwin Harrop, R.R. No. 5, Milton, Ont. 

76. C. H. Sheppard, 1896 Delaware Street, Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. James T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto 4, Ont. 

78. George Portice, R.R. No. 7, Parkhill Ont. 

79. Robert V. Edge, 1A Logan Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

80. Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Avenue, Windsor, Ont. 

81. Basil C. Damude, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. S. H. Green, 669 Red River Road, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. A. L. Hartmier, Box 203, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. J. A. Rutherford Box 368, Wingham, Ont. 
88. C. W. King, Box 303, Dresden, Ont. 

90. C. H. Quinton Box 586, Kenora, Ont. 

91. J. B. Wallace, 514 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto 12, Ont. 

94. F. S. Crichton, 6 Lindsay Street South, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. P. A. Coates, 107 Pine Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

102. George Hall, 34 Wemyss Street, SaultSte. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

104. John G. Hadden, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. O. B. Phillips Warkworth, Ont. 

112. W. B. McConnell, Box 397, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. E. T. Robertson. 237 York Street, Cornwall, Ont. 

1 14. H. Young Box 674, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

116. H. C. Skinner, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Gordon Bloomfield, 10 Howard Avenue, Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porterfield Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. Howard Yates, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. Gordon G. Sinclair, Box 292, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. J. N. MacMillan, Box 1005, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Avenue, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. F. H. Moore, Cannington, Ont. 

135. J. K. Noble, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. E. A. Snell, 65 Hewitt Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

140. George H. Iddon, 340 S. Franklin Street, Fort William, Ont. 

143. G. H. MacDougall, Maxville, Ont. 

144. Charles A. Wilson, Brighton, Ont. 

145. J. R. Legecy, 48 Braeside Road, Toronto 12, Ont. 

146. W. H. Sargent, Listowel, Ont. 

147. A. C. Agnew, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. A. Irvine, Box 171, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. William Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. G. T. E. Martin 36 Duchess Avenue, London, Ont. 

151. C. W. Fraser, 1100 Bronx Street, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. J. B. Edgar, 202 Portage Avenue, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. John Burnett, 444 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. R. G. Menchions, Box 365, Dawson Y.T. 

155. T. E. Walker R.R. No. 4, Hamilton, Ont. 
161. D. Kernohan, Madoc, Ont., 

163. D. L. Eaton, 215 Langley Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

164. R. J. Lemon, West Lome, Ont. 

167. Rev. J. H. Olmsted, 341 Midland Avenue, Midland, Ont. 

(Acting) Karl E. Morrison, c/o Can. Bank of Commerce, Midland, Ont. 


Chapter No. 

168. W. H. Brady, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. V. Dinesen, Box 216, Haileybury, Ont. 

175. Ernest Greenhalgh 78 South Oval, Hamilton, Ont., 

184. John A. Bell, 235 Emerick Avenue, Fort Erie, Ont. 

195. E. A. Hay, 246 Main Street North, Brampton, Ont. 

198. H. K. Maynard, 109 Front Street South, Orillia, Ont. 

203. H. O. Armstrong, Box 549, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Herbert S. Sparks, 417 Elm Road, Toronto, Ont. 

210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

212. A. M. Axler, 371 Yonge St.,4 Browside Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

213. A. Burns, 304 Ross Avenue East, Timmins, Ont. 

214. J. Sam Maddock, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. T. B. Rogers, 11 Elma Street, Mimico, Ont. 

217. John A. Mackie, 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18, Ont. 

218. S. Patterson, Box 331, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. G. C. MacDonnell, 174 Schell Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas Street West, Toronto Ont. 

221. H. C. McKecknie, Box 10, Durham, Ont. 

222. A. H. McKee, 145 Patterson Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. F. J. Bean Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon Street East, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. A. T. Thorpe, 391 Sherburne Street, Toronto, Ont. 

226. L. V. Wood, R.R. No. 4, Perth, Ont. 

227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George Street, Belleville, Ont. 

230. Chas. Falardeau, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. L. J. Colling 58 Wanda Road, Toronto, Ont. 

232. Robert Fick, 270 Oak Park Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

233. A. E. Hayward, 46 McRoberts Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

234. Charles Wray Box 209, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Frank Hope, Box 335, Newmarket, Ont. 

236. A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. A. V. Sedgwick 194a Duchess Avenue, London, Ont. 

239. George Monkhouse, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. S. Magder, Smithville, Ont. 

241. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

242. G. U. Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

243. John H. Lee, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. A. P. Hertel, 558 Hamilton Street, Preston, Ont. 

246. A. J. Sidders, 24 Raglan Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

247. John Johnson, R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

248. George R. Clarke, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. L. W. Dippell, Box 40, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Walter Hockney, 1542 Bruce Avenue, Windsor, Ont. 

251. M. Kaplan, 83 Government Road East, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Vernon Ryerse, Box 666, Port Dover, Ont. 

254. Arthur R. Arnold, Box 304, Dryden, Ont. 

255. Leo Mabee, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

256. R. B. Cousins, Box 770, Whitehorse, Y.T. 




Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1952 

*W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859-60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


*S. B. Harman 1872 

*C D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

•F. J. Menet 1877-8 

•Daniel Spry 1879-80 

*Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

•Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

•J. J. Mason 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

*J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

*A. Shaw 1903-4 

•William Roaf 1905-6 

•John Leslie 1907-8 

•George Moore 1909-10 

•Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

•Daniel F. MacWatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

*A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-18 

•Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

•Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

•Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

•Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

•Edwin Smith 1928-9 

•Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

•Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-52 

•Alexander Cowan 1934 

•George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

•Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40 

•John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


•Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Kivas Tully 1891 

•Hugh Murray 1903 

•Harry H Watson 1909 


•E. T. Malone 1919 

•A. T. Freed 1920 

•Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

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Addendum 49 

Address of Grand Z 23-48 

Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Toronto Districts 9-11 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 5 

Annual Convocation, 1953 129 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 95-99 

Appointment of Grand Officers 144-145 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 37-38 

Auditor's Certificate 94-99 

Auditor's Financial Statement 100-105 

By-Laws, New and Amendments Approved 42 

Centennial, 1957 94 

Chapters Dedicated 4, 34 

Chapters by Districts, List of 156-159 

Chapters not Represented 21 

Civic Address of Welcome 8 

Committee on Benevolence 112-113 

Communications and Greetings 141-143 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters (Hamilton) 35-37 

Deaths 124-126 

Dispensations Issued 41-42 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from— 

Connecticut, New Hampshire, Quebec, Massachusetts, Michigan, 
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Grand Council of Royal 
and Select Masters of Ontario, The Order of High Priesthood 
of Ontario, The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada of the United 
Orders of the Temple and Malta, The Grand Lodge of Ancient 

Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 6, 7 

Education and Instruction Committee 149 

Election of Officers 128, 129 

Especial Convocation, Inwood, Ont 4 

Excerpts from Grand Master's Remarks 90 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 40-41 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committees 146-149 

Executive Committee — Appoint Members 144 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 147 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 147 

Finance, Report of Committee 117-119 

First Principals of Chapters, with Addresses 160-162 

Grand Chapter Annual Convocations 

—Opened 6 

—Officers Present 5 

—Grand Representatives Present 21-22 

—Closed J45 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 166 

Grand Historian and Reviewer — Elected 134 

Grand Representatives — List of 167, 168 

—Appointed and Recommended 37-38 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 166 

Grand Secretaries — List of 169 


Grand Superintendents of Districts: 

—Confirmed 128-129 

—Present at Convocation 5 

—Presented and Thanked 89-90 

-Reports 50-89 

Guests Convey Greetings 146 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 146 

Installation of Officers 144 

Invocation 8 

Jewels and Medals Presented 43-45 

Membership 39 

Memorial Service 14 

Order of Business at G.Z.'s Discretion 11 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1951, Confirmed 11 

Next Place of Meeting 129 

Presentation of Living Past Grand Z's 9 

Reception of 

—Grand Superintendents' Reports 50-89 

—Grand Z's Address 49 

Report of Committee: 

On Credentials 14-21 

Education and Instruction 129-131 

Report of Committee on Distinguished Service Medal 127 

Report of Executive Committee: 

Benevolence 112, 113 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 109-112 

Finance 117-119 

Fraternal Dead 119-126 

Grand Z's Address 113-116 

Investments 107 

Printing 106 

Warrants 108 

Report of Grand Treasurer 91-94 

Report of Grand Scribe E 95-99 

Report of Special Committee on Membership 134-141 

Report of Capitular Review 131-134 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 113 

Capitular Review 134 

Committee on Distinguished Service Medal 127 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 112 

Credentials 21 

Education and Instruction 131 

Finance 119 

Grand Treasurer 94 

Special Committee on Membership 141 

Grand Scribe E 99 

Grand Z's Address 116 

Investments 107 

Printing 10 6 

Warrants 108 

Returns of Constituent Chapters 150-155 

Restorations 155 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 8 

Rulings 42 


Schedule of Investments 107 

Scribes E. of Chapters, Names and Addresses 163-165 

Scrutineers of Ballot Obligated 90 

Sub-Committees Appointed 146-149 

Suspensions 154-155 

Toronto Districts 8 and 8A Extend Welcome 9 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 92 

Vote of Thanks 144 




Alabama XI, XIII, XXXIX 

Alberta XV, XXXIX, XLI 

Arizona XL, XLVIII 

British Columbia XXVII, XXXIX, XLVII 

California XV, XX, XXX, XXXVIII 

Connecticut XVII, XXIII, XXVI 

Delaware XI, XLIII 

District of Columbia VII, XI, XVIII, XXVI, XXVIII, XXIX, XLI, 




Idaho XLVI 


Indiana XIX, XXXI 


Ireland VI, XLVII 




Maine VI, XL 

Manitoba XLVI 

Maryland XIV, XXXIV 

Massachusetts XX, XXV, XXIX 




Mississippi X, XVI, XXVII 

Missouri IX, XXX, XLVI 

Montana XXVIII 

Nebraska XXXII, XL 

Nevada XXIV 

New Mexico XXXVII 

New Hampshire XIII, XLVII 


New Zealand XIX, XLVIII 



Oklahoma XXXII 


Pennsylvania XVI, XVII, XXIV, XXX, XLI, XLIV 

Quebec XV 


Rhode Island XLIII 

Scotland VII, VIII 

South Carolina XIV, XXVI 

South Dakota XXXII, XLIII 

Tennessee XX, XXIX, XXXI, XLV 

Texas X, XLVII 



Victoria XIII, XL, XLII, LII, LVI, LX 

Virginia XVII, XXI 


Western Australia XIV 

West Virginia XIX, XXIII 




Royal Arch Masonry — It's Mission VI 

Royal Arch Masonry and The Outside World XI 

Royal Arch Masonry— Condition of XVI 

Man is Immortal XIX 

Royal Arch Masonic Education XXV 

York Rite XXIX 

Universality of Royal Arch Masonry XXXII 

Leadership XXXIII 

Historical Notes on Royal Arch Masonry XXXIV 

Membership XXXVIII 

Fees and Dues XXXIX 

Grand Representatives XLI 

Order De Molay XLII 

Special Awards XLIII 

Visiting Companions XLIV 

Secretaries XLIV 


Chapter of Research XLIV 

Plural Membership XLIV 

Proceedings XLV 

Retirement Fund XLV 

Changes in Constitution XLV 

Regalia XLVI 

Special or Unusual Events and Ideas XLVI 

The Greatest of these is Charity XLVII 


Statistical Summary L 


Zerubbabel LII 

Haggai LVI 

Jeshua LXI 

The Builders of Babylon LXV 



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Colonel R. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., V.D., P.G.Z. 


Ireland (1950) 

Rt. Honourable Sir Milne Barbour Bart, D.L., L.L.D.; M.P., Grand King thus 

"It is such service that enables our order to enjoy the standing 
and prestige that commands our respect and support and enables it 
to bring constantly before us those guiding principles in the dis- 
charge of our duty to the community in which we live and in our 
relations to our companions and to promote that atmosphere of 
friendship and mutual help in the study and practice of those laws 
which mean so much in the enjoyment of this life and enables us 
to face with confidence and hope whatever may be in store for 
the future." 

Maine (1951) 

From the address of the Grand High Priest the following is quoted,— 

"To safeguard our landmarks, much depends upon the manner 
in which we further the principles, that are so sacredly regarded 
by the more thoughtful and be careful lest we sacrifice upon the 
altar of personal indulgence the values of sincerity. It is essentially 
necessary that we prove our value in community life that a clearer 
conception may be forthcoming among those who look to us as 
examples of devotion to principles of which we claim to be fol- 
lowers. Far too many of us have been in the shadows where light 
is so imperative to check the impending struggle for selfish supre- 
macy by those whose control would bring disaster. As men and 
Masons I fear great danger in the complacency of contentment in 
our historic setting and the accomplishments of those who have 



gone before at the sacrific of the service and fellowship to be shared 
in our convocations and the measure of efficiency that should be 
evident among our members." 

District of Columbia (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus sums up his year,— 

"Another year has passed quickly into history. A year ago we 
looked forward to 365 days, each filled with golden moments to use 
in the service of the Grand Artificer of the Universe —moments to 
spend in making this a better world to live in and helping to bring 
joy to those in need of comfort and help. To each of us has been 
given an identical number of moments and to each has been given 
talents with which to meet the opportunities presented. The record 
of the past year has been painted in the permanent history of the 
world of which there is only one copy and that is on the trestleboard 
of the Supreme Grand Priest. I trust that the record of each com- 
panion will bear the stamp of approval of his conscience and can 
say, I did my best. If that is true, then the record of each chapter 
and of this Grand Chapter will echo and re-echo "Well done thou 
good and faithful servant." 

The Grand Lecturer and Visitor in his report points out the future 
of the Royal Craft,— 

"The future of Freemasonry is in the hands of each individual 
Mason. Surely the need was never greater for those who believe in 
God— The Great Father of Mankind— to take a resolute stand for 
the things of God— for those things which lift one up and just as 
positive a stand against those things which drag men down. There 
are none of us who cannot do his part nor can we be excused for 
our failure to do so. The challenge to each of us is for positive indi- 
vidual action, and we do what we can, where we are, with what we 
have— that we not only live and let live but that we live and help 
others to live. We can all do that. No day should be wasted. Life's 
hours should not be spent in things trifling and wholly temporary. 
Duty Honour and Character are words of tremendous importance 
to be translated into daily conduct and lived in preparation for 

Scotland (1951) 

Companion Alex. F. Buchan, M.B.E., BSc, Ph.D., Grand Secretary of the Grand 


Lodge of Scotland in proposing a toast to the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of Scotland said in part,— 

"This I repeat, is the Vernal Equinox— the great awakening of 
the whole of nature— the season of Faith and Hope. In our present 
generation there is danger that we are losing our faith and if we 
lose our faith there can be little hope of our salvation. . . . During the 
last two thousand years the way of light has been shown more clearly 
to men. We are privileged to belong to a brotherhood to whom 
Light has been revealed ... But such Revelation cannot be experi- 
enced by man without his own unwearying toil. If we examine our 
Freemasonry over the last two centuries can we truly say that we 
are progressing still towards the Unseen Goal? Our forefathers pre- 
sented three great principles to us— Brotherly Love, Relief and 
Truth. I think it is true to say that we are now more fully appreci- 
ating the first two tenets. As far as material charity is concerned 
our progress during the last two hundred years has been most mark- 
ed. But do we extend to each other at all times that spiritual char- 
ity, that charity, which thinketh no evil and which suffereth long 
and is kind, the practice of which is so refreshing to our moral nature 
as rain is to the ground in Springtime of the year. 

Our temple may be shattered but always we rebuild, always we 
continue the search for that which was lost and no matter from 
which direction we come our search for truth must inevitably lead 
us to the Most High and His Word. 'In the beginning was the 
Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God'." 

Nova Scotia (1951) 

The Grand Chaplain thus reminds his companions — 

"The way to Zion is a great human quest .... From the time 
primitive man had a desire for a better cave in which to shelter 
himself, a better weapon to seek his prey, a better club with which to 
keep his neighbour in order, man has been asking the way to Zion. 
For the way to Zion represents the quest for the better and the best, 
the search for happiness, the craving for self fulfilment. That 
quest has been a benignant thing, it has elevated man. It has enobled 
his thinking and given strength to his endeavours. When man ceases 
to ask the way to Zion his day is done. He may linger on for a time 
but his hour has struck." 


Georgia (1951) 

From the committee on memorials the following is quoted,— 

"Ever since Adam was banished from the garden of Eden for his 
disobedience, man has been seeking the answer to this question, 
What is God and where is He to be found? The people of every 
civilization have sought Him in one way and another. The Masonic 
Fraternity basis its existence on God. We are taught in every degree 
in Masonry that it is a search after God and the true light. We receive 
Divine guidance from the study of the Holy Scripture and learn that 
the Tabernacle of God is in our hearts. When man accepts this truth, 
dedicates his life and labor to the building of a temple designed by 
the Supreme Architect of the Universe on the trestleboard of life, it 
becomes the working plan of a mason." 

Missouri (1951) 

The Grand High Priest gives this statement of belief,— 

"Since the work and endeavours of our great fraternity are of our 
own free will and accord and since no material gain is asked for or 
expected, our programs have to be particularly arranged and plan- 
ned .... I may be old fashioned but I take literally the Historical 
recordings in the Bible and believe our God expects, or at least 
affords everyone an opportunity to profit by the mistakes of trans- 
gressors and equally for every one to profit by obeying the laws of 
God. I also believe that obligations are given and taken for a pur- 
pose. I do not believe that any one who has been obligated, these 
many times can mingle and associate with our brethren with any 
malice or hatred in his heart towards another brother and be classed 
as a Freemason in good standing, that important rating of good 
standing measured by the yardstick of true brotherly love." 

New York (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states — 

"Freemasonry has however challenged the best in men. In the 
light of present day happenings Masonry is challenged once again on 
a global basis. We have met other challenges and emerged triumph- 

The Grand Lecturer adds this,— 

"The value of man does not consist in the truth which he pos- 
sesses or means to possess but in the sincere pains he has taken to find 
it out. For his powers do not augment by possessing truth but by 


investigating it. Not only is it necessary to become familiar with 
the ritual of Royal Arch Masonry but to be more and more conscious 
of the fact that it is the universal language of our Royal Craft. Our 
great Order toils on behalf of friendship, bringing men together un- 
der a banner of faith and trains them for a more noble moral life. 
Tender tolerant of all faiths, it forms an all embracing moral and 
spiritual fellowship which raises men above barriers of nations, race, 
and creed, satisfying the craving of men for unity. 

Texas (1950) 

The Grand High Priest has this admonition,— 

"But companions while it is right and proper that we should 
feel justifiable pride in the fame of our Grand Chapter and that 
we should glory in its success and prosperity, that we should so sound 
its praises, yet it is so incumbent upon us to fully realize and appreci- 
ate our duties as members of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Texas at this the beginning of our second century, for upon the 
correct conception of the principles of our fraternity, faithful adher- 
ence to the same and strict performance of our duty will the future 
glory of our Grand Chapter depend. Let me, therefore companions, 
by the pleasure and satisfaction you feel upon this occasion, by your 
love for Royal Arch Masonry, by the many happy hours spent with 
your companions, by the reverence for the true and only Living God, 
beg you, to be faithful to your vow as Royal Arch Masons." 

Oregon (1951) 

The Grand High Priest makes this statement,— 

"With our unique position between two fine Masonic Orders we 
have a double duty— dispense light below — encourage attainment 
of the beacon above." 

Mississippi (1951) 

The Grand High Priest forcefully draws to our attention,— 

"Every religious organization and every individual is entitled 
to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience and 
a mason would fight as quickly to preserve this sacred right for faiths 
other than his, as quickly as his own. But when any sect or denom- 
ination forgets the purpose for which it was begun and begins to tear 
down, destroy and enslave, then, it is time we wielded our swords in 
the cause of pure undefiled religion." 


Alabama (1950) 

The Grand High Priest states — 

"Every Royal Arch Mason is fully aware that the word mason 
means builder. Royal Arch Masonry builds manhood consecrated 
and set apart for leadership in the great task of building the temple. 
As Royal Arch Masons we must not fail to carry out our task of re- 
building our inner temple by living our principles and confronting 
the enemies of God and humanity." 

Delaware (1951) 

The Grand High Priest concludes a concise report with,— 

Friendship is a chain of gold 

Shaped in God's all perfect mold 

Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear, 

A grip of the Hand, a word of cheer 

As steadfast as the ages roll 

Binding closer, soul to soul 

No matter how far or heavy the load 

Sweet is the journey on friendship's road. 

J. B. Downie 




District of Columbia (1951) 

The Grand High Priest presents this theme which he had given in Torquay, 

"We are passing through an era of tremendous significance to 
our concepts of freedom and our way of life, for we are in the midst 
of a profound social and economic revolution. We are at the cross- 
roads of a mighty struggle between the principles laid down by our 
masonic forefathers for the foundation of our government and those 
who would rule by force and dictatorship. These are those who 
would tear down the magnificent structure of freedom which this 
nation has erected over a period of one and three quarters of a cen- 
tury and set up therefore the miserable hovel of degradation and 
slavery. These are those who would destroy the divine principles 
of unselfish service, loyalty and morality and set up as substitute the 


idolatrous Bael of selfishness, greed and vice. These are those who 
would deny the Living God in whom our forefathers put their trust 
and accept the mockery of disbelief or atheism which denies the im- 
mortality of the spirit. 

Between these forces there can be no compromise. Many a na- 
tion has fallen because it came to love luxury more than duty to God 
and responsibility to their fellowman. But if we remain sound of 
heart, if we continue strong rooted in the fundamental principles 
which are contained in the Great Light of Masonry upon our altar 
we shall withstand the adverse winds of hatred greed and selfish 
interests and our roots shall remain strong despite the sodden water- 
logged ground of ism and false idealogies." 

Michigan (1951) 

The Grand High Priest presents this,— 

"The objective of this ancient and Royal Order is to inspire 
us to greater endeavours to bridge the gap of misundertsanding that 
arises between men. In times such as these, our challenge becomes 
even greater. It behooves all of us to work together in harmony that 
we may enjoy the continued success of our fraternity and keep faith 
with those hardy companions who laid the cornerstone of Capitulary 
Masonry in Michigan." 

Illinois (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus expresses his thoughts,— 

"We express gratitude for those lovers of freedom who fought 
and many of them died that this way of life might be established and 
preserved. We now dedicate ourselves to the task of preserving (it) 
for posterity, peacefully if possible, but preserved it must be. 

Those who think by consultation, conciliation, or legislation 
peace may be served, should know that those with whom they must 
deal do not desire peace. They are atheistic .... trained in duplic- 
ity, an oath assumed with reference to the Book of the Law has no 
meaning to them. They do not hesitate at any deception, have not 
given any evidence of regard for justice, have never shown compas- 
sion . . . The only deterrent to their depraditions is force. Devasta- 
ting force they can understand." 


Alabama (1950) 

The committee on Masonry and American Citizenship has this to say,— 

"We are prone to say that a good mason is a good citizen, and 
take it for granted that the people who see and know those who are 
good masons will profit by knowing them and become better citiz- 
ens. That kind of complacency is not conducive to teaching Amer- 

Masonry is not dogmatic. It does not seek its membership . . . 
After one seeks admission to become a member of the order he is 
required to subscribe to the sublime teachings of the order. These 
sublime teachings not only consist of our duties to fellow masons and 
their families but also our duties to God, Our Creator, and to our 
country to take an active part in all civic community affairs that 
tends to uphold our country." 

Victoria (1951) 

The Grand First Principal makes this observation,— 

"I trust the uncertain outlook in International affairs will grad- 
ually give way to a better understanding between nation and nation 
and that keener appreciation of each others difficulties and perplex- 
ities will lead to an exercise of mutual good will and so make for a 
stable peace and continued democracy." 

Kansas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states,— 

"Masonry and the church stand today as the only hope of world 
peace and it is our duty as men and masons to hold fast to the things 
that stand for liberty and justice and be ever ready to stand up and 
be counted on the side of freedom and righteousness." 

New Hampshire (1951) 

The Grand High Priest used this in his Christmas message — 

"At this critical period when nations are torn by hatred and 
strife and the dogs of war are straining at their leashes and have for- 
gotten God, may we go forth as did the Knights of old, girded with 
the armour of righteousness in the defence of the Christian Religion 
and strive to bring peace on earth and good will to men." 


West Australia 

The First Grand Principal thus points out the future pathway.— 

"If we continue to work, to pray, and for all these our Free- 
masonry provides unending opportunity we shall all be more dutiful 
subjects of our God and of our King, worthier companions to our 
fellowmen and thus a real blessing towards peace in a worried world 
in which some are merely crying peace when there is no peace. In a 
few weeks from now our calender will again be throwing out the 
challenge of nearly 2000 years to all men of good will and what 
manner of Masons are we if that does not include us all." 

Maryland (1950) 

The Grand High Priest begins his address thus,— 

"God has endowed us with wealth, strength and freedom that 
permits us to meet again as free men and freemasons, free from the 
yoke of oppression which antagonists are ruthlessly and persistently 
trying to close around our necks. The young men of our nation are 
again called to the battlefield to stave off an aggressor who is trying 
to destroy our way of life, our Christian heritage, our fraternal 
organization and everything that makes for peace and happiness. Let 
us now, more than ever be strong in our faith by accepting no part 
of the principles upon which these communistic and atheistic govern- 
ments are founded but to live nobly and honorably, to walk un- 
rightly before our adversaries and strive daily after holiness of life. 
In every address the spiritual value of the Capitular Ritual as related 
to our daily lives was stressed. Today possibly more than at any 
time in our lives, it is incumbent upon us to pattern our lives by 
word, deed and action after the teachings of Capitulary Masonry so 
as to prove to the profane that we do live not by bread alone." 

South Carolina (1951) 

The Grand High Priest warns us,— 

"That the problems that confront us and the world today need 
careful and thoughtful consideration. We are living in an age of 
unrest and fear. To the youth of our land nothing seems certain. 
Youth searches for Faith, Hope and Leadership. For us to sit com- 
placently and allow this to continue, is to deny our faith in Masonry. 
The opportunity is ours. Royal Arch Masonry can with your help 
provide the answers to youths' problems and by your example in 


early life restore, their faith in God and also themselves, their hope 
for a future and provide the proper leadership for our present crisis 
which may lead to perpetual peace." 

Alberta (1951) 

The Grand First Principal says,— 

"The idols of force and atheism are openly paraded before us as 
criticisms of achievement. Every means of blotting out goodness in 
mankind is being resorted to under many different guises, to attain 
success for these evils. The very basis of our Christian and Masonic 
way of life is being ridiculed and trampled upon. Those who try to 
discern right from wrong are classed as morons and that great back- 
bone of any nation worthwhile, the home, family life and worship 
is being subjected to regimentation, self indulgence and utter lack 
of responsibility .... Let us therefore prepare ourselves for the tasks 
ahead which we shall assuredly be called upon to perform going for- 
ward with steadfast resolve in the knowledge of the rightness of our 
cause and the faith of our forefathers." 

California (1951) 

The Grand High Priest commenced his address with this thought,— 

"You may not have thought of masonry, particularly Royal Arch 
Masonry as a form of human happiness but that is precisely what it 
is or should be. In attending masonic meetings or sharing in masonic 
activties, you leave life as— it— is for a brief but stimulating sojourn 
in life— as— it ought— to— be. More than that you are certain to take 
away with you some of this life— as— it— ought— to— be and used to 
improve life— as— it— is not only for yourself but for others as well. 
You will agree that is Royal Arch Advancement of a very high 
order." He concludes a most interesting and complete report with,— 
"Men have made the most extraordinary sacrifices for masonry. They 
have lived for it. They have died for it and they have felt richly 
repaid for all they have done. Unless men cease to be manly it will 
be that way." 

Quebec (1951) 

The Grand First Principal states,— 

"With all our learning, with all our advances in medicine and 
the sciences what a happy co-operative world this could be if a 
friendly spirit took full possession of it. We all have a duty and an 
individual responsibility." 


Illinois (1951) 

From the Grand High Priest's address this is quoted — 

"To me the most significant statement in a great speech by a 
great American, last week was 'The hope of the world lay not in 
armies, not in governments, not in balance of power but in the re- 
generation of the spiritual values of all people." 

Pennsylvania (1950) 

The Grand High Priest concludes a splendid address and report with this 


The world is needing you and me 
In places where we ought to be, 
To stand for what you know is true 
And needing me somewhere today 
To keep the faith, let come what may. 

The world is needing me and you 
To share the tasks it has to do. 
It needs high minded men to stand, 
Against the thoughtless of the land, 
Men who will scorn to stoop to wrong 
To win the favour of the throng. 


Mississippi (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states,— 

"It is not possible or desirable to attain perfection in this world. 
But our efforts toward that end have been blessed with a great deal of 
success. The state of the craft as a whole is healthful and vigorous. 
Weak spots due to carelessness, bad habits and laziness are apparent 
in various chapters but by perseverance, hard work and competent 
instruction and the wholehearted co-operation of the Grand Officers, 
the general average of the craft has been raised. I find a judicious 
mixture of age and youth in our chapters. Age for wisdom and 
judgement, youth for enthusiasm, vigor and ideals .... A number 
of chapters whom well meaning observers had about given up, have 
resumed work and activity and show promise of gradual improve- 
ment, which proves that most dormant chapters can be revived if 
some competent companion will work frequently with it, encourage 
to rotate its officers, to hold regular meetings, to get a transfusian of 
youth into its bloodstream." 


Michigan (1951) 

From the report of the committee of public relations this is quoted,— 

"We again stress the necessity of each chapter keeping the lodges 
within its jurisdiction fully informed of the aims and objects of Cap- 
itular Masonry and each officer should never lose an opportunity to 
place himself in a position of helpfulness to the lodge and its wor- 
shipful master .... Make the work of your lodge your most import- 
ant business and thereby demonstrate that recovery in the chapter 
of that which was lost in the lodge is more than finding of the 

Connecticut (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus comments,— 

"Masonry is on the threshold of a new era. If we are content 
to sit quietly and wait for the Master Mason to seek us out, then 
surely our beloved Rite will gradually wither away. It is no longer 
enough that we act as guardians of the sacred fires. It has been 
pointed out that less than a quarter of the membership of our Grand 
Lodge have joined with the capitular rite." He further reminds us, 
that, much of the world is darkened by intolerance and atheism. 
Let us remember that both of these enemies of masonry are material 
Our banner must go forward." 

Virginia (1950) 

The Grand High Priest likewise comments — 

"The year past has been in no way outstanding. We have more 
than held our own .... Though our growth has not been phenom- 
inal I believe it has been excellent in quality. After all our aim is 
not to attain great size but to develop Royal Arch Masons who will 
give strength and stability to the living temple of masonry as a 
whole .... I hope we may never think only in terms of numbers 
but keep a watchful guard over our precincts." 

Pennsylvania (1950) 

The Grand High Priest states — 

"Only one chapter failed to have a single petition and two chap- 
ters who last year were dormant were sparked with enthusiam and 
each produced a new class of candidates and continued to report pe- 
titions .... The steady and continued adding of new members is an 
indication of continued sound leadership." 


Wisconsin (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reports — 

"20 per cent of the chapters show no exaltations. He is also alarm- 
ed at the large number of demits and suspensions for non-payment 
of dues. Yet despite this loss the general gain was 252 new 

The Grand Secretary advises,— 

"Let us not just want an increase in members but be sure that 
we make Royal Arch Masons of all our members for then we will 
be doing our part in advancing the teachings of the Royal Craft." 

Louisiana (1951) 

"The Grand High Priest recommends and urges every chapter 
to confer the Royal Arch Degree themselves and not depend on visit- 
ing degree teams." As when own chapter confers own degree in an 
efficent and proper manner the attendance would naturally be in- 
creased at every meeting." 

Georgia (1951) 

The Committee on General Welfare recommends,— 

1. Continued co-operation with all branches of masonry. 

2. Each chapter or district to have one meeting per year dedi- 
cated to Blue lodge masons. 

3. Frequent visitations of officers and members of neighboring 

4. Presentation of degree in a dignified manner. 

5. No chapter to attempt to confer all degrees at one meeting. 

District of Columbia (1951) 

The Grand Lecturer closes a splendid report thus,— 

"May each of us, my companions, bravely and resolutely face 
whatever the future may hold in store for us, conscious that our God 
.... a loving Father holds us by the hand and will continue to lead, 
guide and direct our steps and strive to live worthily, that when we 
come to the end of the journey as we shall all come, and we depart 
for that unknown country from whose bourne no traveller shall re- 


turn, it may be said of us, he served the purpose of God, in his gen- 
eration. What more could be said of man?" 

West Virginia (1949) 

The Grand High Priest closes an excellent report of his activities with this,— 

"Everywhere I have gone I have been received most cordially 
and treated in the most royal manner. I have made friends the 
memory of whom will always be pleasing and which I shall cherish 
sedulously. Royal Arch Masonry has done more for me than I have 
for it which is proof to me that what ever one puts his best efforts 
into, will pay the greatest dividends." 

New Zealand (1951) 

The First Grand Principal thus depicts the Royal Craft in his jurisdiction,— 

"In travelling through the various districts I have found the 
members of our chapters intensely loyal to New Zealand and those 
things that New Zealand stands for. They are proud of the place this 
country occupies and prouder still of the progress which has been 
handed down by their pioneers. Those old stalwarts, who handed 
this heritage, were rugged men of British stock, upright, God fearing 
and independent men, suitable to share and take advantage of an 
outdoor life full of brightness and sunshine. Through hard work and 
unwavering faith, they persevered, faced all dangers and overcame 
difficulties. This is part of the heritage handed down to us. In our 
generation the same loyalty and service has been proved in two 
worlds. To this loyalty and service, maintaining our successful 
development and new way of life, must be added a spirit of tolerance 
—a tolerance born of the wide open spaces where they have been able 
to put into action those things which they have read and those prin- 
ciples they have thought and meditated upon. These things have 
shown outstanding promise in my visits to the various chapters and 
they have been plainly obvious to most of us. This tolerance is 
carried farther afield by those who are striving in every direction 
for the advancement of Freemasonry." 


Indiana (1950) 

The committee on Necrology thus pays tribute to those of other jurisdictions,— 
"We are grateful that God in his goodness and mercy has per- 


mitted us to assemble here again. Yet as we rejoice in this fact, our 
hearts are filled with sympathy for those whose dear ones have step- 
ped through the door, to that other room where we shall some day 

Tennessee (1951) 

The Grand High Priest in extending fraternal sympathy to sister jurisdictions in 
the loss of their companions offers this,— 

"Let us remember their virtue and imitate their worthy ex- 
ample. May we be reminded of the shortness of life and the un- 
certainty of its continuance, remembering that soon when our 
brethren shall assemble our seats will also be vacant." 

Michigan (1950) 

The Grand High Priest quotes,— 

"Seneca once said, the comfort of having a friend may be taken 
away but not that of having one. Thus with this comfort in mind 
we can feel assured that the imperishable hopes cherished through 
the centuries by mankind will rise up to reinforce our fortitude and 
courage in the face of bereavement." 

California (1951) 

The Committee on Necrology introduces its report as follows,— 

"The body decays and its atoms return to the elements from 
which they were borrowed. Each element reclaims its own to put 
it to new uses. But the soul still lives and its life here has been a 
part of its immortality." 

Massachusetts (1950) 

The Grand High Priest thus reminds us,— 

"Better is the end of a thing than its beginning thereof, when 
the Supreme Architect of the Universe guides a trusting soul to the 
end of the journey of life." 

Georgia (1951) 

The Grand High Priest pays this tribute — 

'"It has been no trivial privilege, however briefly permitted to 
share that companionship of those tried and trusted Royal Crafts- 
men whose stalwart spirits have enriched our lives. The extraordi- 
nary scope of their activities for the good of our beloved craft makes 


most keen this unbreakable silence which suddenly thrusts itself 
upon us. Only the soothing voice of the Supreme Councillor assures 
us that their earthly existence equalled by few, surpassed the tradi- 
tions of our noble order." 

Florida (1951) 

The Committee on Memorials thus assures us,— 

"The confidence of immortality carries with it positive impli- 
cations of the worth of man .... He is immortal. The assurance 
of immortality is not to be regarded like the scientific predictions 
of an eclipse or any other event in the temporal series. It is the Su- 
preme assertion of the infinite value of the human spirit which has 
realized its vocation and entered into its heritage." 

Louisiana (1951) 

This is quoted from the report of the committee of Necrology,— 

"Rough and rugged has been the journey, beset with many pit- 
falls and wide gaping canyons. Often the weary feet have been blis- 
tered in the burning desert sands of trial, suffering and temptation. 
But the long journey is now over .... Their trudging feet have been 
cooled in the refreshing waters of Jordan. Their aching bodies have 
relaxed in the comforts of the New Jerusalem. Their anxious souls 
have found the answer of their hunger and thirst for their Grand 
High Priest. With fellow companions that have gone this way 
before they looked for a city which hath foundation, whose builder 
is God. Today that city is theirs and at the feet of the Grand High 
Priest of the Universe they join in the chorus of their faithful com- 
panions singing 'Holiness to the Lord'." 

Virginia (1950) 

The Grand High Priest thus trustfully states,— 

"We do not mourn as men without hope, the loss of the com- 
panions who have died during the year past but we are saddened 
by their absence from our fraternal ranks. We shall miss the sight 
of their faces and the clasp of their hands in fraternal greeting. They 
have passed within the veils which hide from our eyes the inner 
sanctuary of God's immediate presence and have heard His 'Well 
done, Good and faithful servant'. Their gain is our loss for the 
time being, but we look forward to that day when with them we 
shall be fellow laborers in that temple not made with hands eternal 
in the Heavens." 


Illinois (1951) 

The following quotation is taken from the report of the committee on obituaries— 
"When a man dies he lives, lives on in the memory of his friends, 
in the records of the craft and no matter how small his efforts or 
how great this contribution, he has left for mankind, his mark of 
having tried and having tried succeeded." 

Wisconsin (1951) 

From the report of the committee on obituaries this is taken,—, 

"It is in moments such as this that the Holy Bible, The Great 
Light, in every degree in Masonry, brings us its sweet message. It 
fills us with a sence of the dignity of the human personality, its 
sacredness, its august destiny. It tells us that .... our mortal lives, 
brief, broken and frail, as they are have a meaning for God and that 
death is not the end, that beyond its shadows awaits a larger, fairer, 
nobler life." 

Oregon (1950) 

The report of the committee on Memorials has this thought,— 

"Let us hasten to remember that immortality is not a future 
matter simply .... It concerns what we are now. The man who lives 
as though he were immortal lives in a universe where the highest 
spiritual values are permanent, outlasting the growth and dissolution 
of the stars, where character is the supreme concern of life ... . We 
are building great channels down which the eternal spiritual purpose 
of the Living God shall flow to its far off Divine event. The truth 
of immortality makes great living. Immortality is now . . . Immor- 
tality is a way of life here and now. It is for us to so live that it will 
be easier for others to believe in God, to understand His love and to 
respond to His gift of Eternal Life." 

Kansas (1951) 

The report of the committee on Necrology in part states — 

"Royal Arch Masons, ever in search of that further light would 
not be true to our perspective if we would deny their great new high- 
er degree to our friends and companions. Here we have not the 
capacities to know the true meaning of life. These, those who have 
met the Supreme High Priest of our Heavenly Chapter know. Their 
knowledge is complete, so we would not bring back our companions 
from the satisfaction everlasting which our faith tells us they are 


enjoying .... If ever a man is ready for the great step he is the 
mason, The Royal Arch Mason, whose mandates are builded on the 
major precepts of brotherhood." 

Connecticut (1951) 

The Grand High Priest pays this tribute,— 

"To the families and friends of those whose companions who 
for the last time laid aside the working tools of this life we extend 
our sincere sympathy. We their companions will sorely miss their 
counsel and guidance but we know that they have been truly exalted 
to the glorious companionship of the undissolving lodge above." 

Michigan (1951) 

The following is quoted from the report of the obituary committee — 

"Too often we measure time by the number of years lived. It 
were better to measure it by deeds accomplished. To live one hund- 
red years may be to accomplish a feat but to do nothing in that one 
hundred years is a wicked extravagance of time .... The man who 
has met every test of life courageously and turned adversity into 
achievement .... will enjoy the greater immortality for it will often 
be said of him "He lived to bless mankind." 

Life is factual and exacting. It takes toll for every unkind 
thought and rewards with happiness every goodly deed. He who has 
found no Heaven here would be extremely presumtuous to antici- 
pate somewhere an ethereal future while his mortal body dissolves 
in the grave. 

Yet in us all, there is that note of faith that anchors us, in some 
indefinite manner, to the eternal. Man is more than dust. He is 
intelligence, an emanation from the Great Creator. Intelligence 
cannot return to dust because it came not from the dust. It can only 
return to its sources .... the Gentle Zephers of eternity." 

West Virginia (1950) 

The report on the committee on Necrology offers these thoughts,— 

"To their many friends and loved ones we extend our deepest 
sympathy and would remind them that while to the uninformed 
and uninstructed they may seem to have died, their loved ones be- 
lieved, as all masons believe, that death is not the end of life but 
only a transition to a higher, a nobler jurisdiction, a grander frater- 
nity whose Creator and Ruler is God. While our poor finite minds 
cannot in the smallest degree comprehend the plans of the Infinite 


who both gives life and in due season recalls it to Himself, may we 
be endowed with Grace to say, 'He doeth all things well'." 

Nevada (1951) 

The following is extracted from the memorial service,— 

"The Temple rises but the builders who wrought their dreams 
into the beauty, shaping its stones with love and care, on the level, 
on the square, where are they? Did they die and cease to be, sinking 
into an indistinguishable blur of dust? Unknown and unremember- 
ed . . . . No masonry will not have it so. By the Character of God 
to whose praise the temple is built and consecrated, by the worth of 
every man who added his love and labor to its building, by the faith 
that God is just, masonry affirms, that the builders are immortal 
too. They as living stones in the temple but as they toil there is 
built in their own being a temple as deathless as the temple they 
build. Nay more the temple and its ritual are not ends in them- 
selves but a Divine means to the end that every workman, however 
humble, may be a sanctuary of faith, a scheme of love an altar of 
pure pity and truth. Evermore the temple rises and its builders rise 
with it sharing its beauty and prophesy." 

Iowa (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus speaks of the fraternal dead,— 

"Our hearts would be desolate and afraid were it not for the 
hope that is symbolized by the sprig of acacia, which teaches us that 
a man who puts his trust in God is immortal. With that hope as our 
stay we can meet death with understanding and poise, for it is a 
gateway to eternity where the last great light shall fall upon our 
wondering gaze. Into that eternal light our companions have now 
entered. Let us remember him with affection and love until we shall 
meet a again." 

Pennsylvania (1951) 

This was noted in the necrology report,— 

Now turning home at sound of evening bell this stalwart son 

Would tired and weary drop his burden and 

For granite carving leaves a worthy name. 

His is to wait on God's eternal sun kissed hills. 

We shall not mourn that he has gone away 

Our tears are grateful pearls that once he came. 



Ohio (1950) 

The committee on education presented an elaborate and exhau- 
stive report which states that twelve high priests' schools, covering 
twelve districts with an attendance of one hundred and fifty were 
held in 1949 and the same number were conducted in 1950. Eleven 
junior conferences composed of the 1949 graduates were held. Two 
meetings of the staff of the High Priests' school were held. The 
committee requested an appropriation of $3000.00 for the ensuing 
year. The district schools cover three years training and require a 
faculty of 18. The first years work consists of six lectures. Written 
and oral examinations are held. 114 students passed the first years 
examination. 69 completed the second year and 40 the third year 
course. Certificates and diplomas are issued to the successful 

Massachusetts (1950) 

The Grand High Priest says — 

"I consider the lecture program as the most constructive thing 
I hope to accomplish during my term as Grand High Priest. It is 
the best possible means of training our officers in the delivery of 
ritual in a confident and impressive manner. Good work in masonic 
bodies does not come by accident or chance. It is the result of care- 
ful preparation and training over a long period .... If you would 
learn what your members want, note the attendance figures of chap- 
ters where good work is a tradition. They do not come because you 
have begged them to do so to boost the morale of the officers. They 
come because they enjoy what they see and hear, because they ap- 
preciate good performance .... Good impressive work is the entire 
answer and it must start where all good things start at the beginning. 
The selection of good material is a solemn obligation. Ability and 
experience are always desirable qualities if they can be obtained but 
more than these is a determination to work and a willingness to 
learn. Appointment to office should always be considered on a pro- 
bationary basis. When a line officer is appointed he should apply 
himself immediately to the task of commitment and delivery of our 

beautiful ritual Freemasonry is not a frivolous order and our 

beautiful degrees should neither be conferred nor received lightly. 
Each of these has a lesson which we should try to teach. If the candi- 


date comes to us in a proper frame of mind, our task is much easier. 
To assist in the physical and mental preparation of our candidates 
a series of prologues have been prepared, one for each degree to be 
delivered by some suitable person, possibly a High Priest, in the 
preparation room." 

District of Columbia (1951) 

The High Grand Priest reports,— 

"Throughout the year the chapters have given commendable 
support to the school of instructions. The average attendance at 
each session was 46. I trust each high priest will impress on his off- 
icers the desirability of frequent attendance upon instruction so that 
the high standard in the rendition of the ritual may be maintained." 

Connecticut (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states — 

"The leaflet issued by the Grand Chapter during the past year 
has been very well received and has produced gratifying results. We 
trust that all our chapters will continue and amplify the use of it." 

South Carolina (1951) 

The Grand High Priest advises,— 

"Masonic reading is an essential part of the Education of Royal 
Arch Masons and it has been aptly said, that it is never to late to 
begin. The real aims of education is not to cram the mind with a 
load of facts but rather to create a mature point of view. Knowledge 
and good leadership are required today and the more conversant we 
are with Royal Arch Masonry the better we will be able to lead our 
chapters. Things don't run themselves. It takes thought and effort 
to arouse and maintain enthusiasm." 

Oregon (1952) 

The Grand High Priest advises,— 

"Excellency in degree work can be attained by, 

1. A more careful selection of the players. 

2. Assistance to said actor and more frequent rehearsing of the 
parts but as a team and by the one assigned to the part. 

3. A better understanding of the degrees, their historical 
background, and application to human life .... 


I deem it timely and beneficial that some of these booklets be 
adopted as official .... The Scarlet one referred to is entitled "The 
Way to Greater Light" Complete Your Masonic Education— The 
American Rite of Freemasonry. It furnishes information in very 
readable form." 

British Columbia (1951) 

Grand Chapter publishes a periodical known as "The Keystone" 
which continues to be a fruitful source of Royal Arch information. 

Vermont (1951) 

Grand Chapter publishes and distributes a booklet entitled "A 
Plain Talk with Vermont Master Masons." Which is distributed 
free of charge to chapter officers. 

Nova Scotia (1951) 

Grand Chapter has prepared and issued a pamphlet entitled— 
"To Master Masons desiring further knowledge" for distribution to 
all members and to be passed on to Master Masons. 
The Grand High Priest recommends,— 

"That the school for district Grand Superintendents be con- 
tinued, yearly at or about the time of Grand Chapter and that it be 
considered obligatory for incoming and continuing Grand Superin- 
tendents to attend this school. At the meeting held immediately 
preceeding Grand Chapter Convocation addresses were given on,— 
How to make an official inspection. How to conduct an inspection 
of chapter records, paraphernalia, quarters etc. How to organize a 
district meeting and the importance of completing reports." 

Mississippi (1951) 

The committee on Education reports,— 

"During the past eight years lectures have been sent out to every 
chapter in this Grand Jurisdiction to be used by the High Priest or 
local education committee .... Some of these lectures consisted of 
questions and answers, some were mainly composed of discussion 
subjects, others had questions and only references where the answers 
could be obtained .... The coverage was over every degree through 
The Royal Arch, History, Law and Symbolism." 


District of Columbia (1951) 

The Grand High Priest advises,— 

"The schools of instruction continue to perform most valuable 
service to the jurisdiction. In addition, Grand Chapter degree teams 
confer outstanding degrees which are an inspiration to the officers 
of the constituent chapters." 

Washington (1951) 

The Grand High Priest says,— 

"Two Grand Officers schools were held this year. At these 
meetings every conceivable problem was discussed, attendance, in- 
creased interest, membership, ritual work, educational methods, 
customs, usages of our Royal Craft and a host of other matters. It 
was decided that the deputies and Grand Officers meet with elective 
officers of the various chapters in this district to give them the benefit 
of our deliberations." 

Illinois (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reports — 

"Our board of examiners conducted five schools at places desig- 
nated at the last session of the Grand Chapter. Their excellent in- 
struction and unfailing courtesy have won the esteem and affection 
of those with whom they came in contact." 

Wisconsin (1951) 

Grand Chapter appoints a district instructor for each of the nine- 
teen districts to give reliable instruction in the chapters in order to 
unify and perfect the ritualistic work. Three regional schools are 
held for instructors which are well attended. 

Oregon (1950) 

The Grand High Priest recommends that — 

"A school for Grand Chapter officers and the Deputy Grand 
High Priest be held at the annual convocation. The report of the 
committee on York Rite Booklet presents an interesting and valuable 
explanation of the Royal Arch Degree for the information of the 

Montana (1951) 

The Grand Chapter has a plan of action, amongst other activ- 
ities the state is divided into nine educational districts, each under 


the direction of a Grand Officer. Schools of instruction are held. 
Chapter instructors have been appointed in every chapter whose 
duties are outlined from Grand Chapter. 

Tennessee (1951) 

The Grand High Priest recommends that — 

"A new committee for the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry 
be established to assume the general duties of the former education- 
al committee and particularly charged with the promotion and gen- 
eral advancement of Royal Arch Masonry within the state. Such a 
promotion to take the form among other things of more detailed in- 
struction in the conferring of degrees with emphasis on a well plan- 
ned program of gradual advancement in ritual proficiency, the goal 
of every chapter being, able to confer all degrees in a creditable 
manner within a period of three years." 


Massachusetts (1950) 

The Grand High Priest remarks — 

"We have just scratched the surface, when we have suggested 
24 areas for York Rite Festivals, we believe that there is a potential 
of about 50 in the state. Perhaps they can be made annual events in 
some places. The Grand Chapter, Council and Commandery have 
co-operated during the past year in a series of York Rite festivals. 
19 of them have been held in which we have had the opportunity to 
tell the story of the York Rite to more than 1300 master masons." 

District of Columbia (1951) 

The chairman of the committee on York Rite co-operation in its report saiu,— 

"In this seventh year of York Rite co-operation program your 
committee is happy to report through the combined efforts and har- 
monious agreement of the Royal Arch Chapter, The Council of 
Royal and Select Masters and the Commandery Knights Templar, 
these bodies have enjoyed added success and progress as to that 
gained in previous years in this important undertaking .... Dispen- 
sations for conferring degrees were granted to emergent chapters, 
councils and commanderies." The Grand High Priest under author- 
ity of the code granted six dispensations to receive and ballot on peti- 
tions at the same convocation. 


Florida (1951) 

Grand Chapter by resolution makes it a prerequisite to receiv- 
ing the Royal Arch Degree, that the candidate must file an appli- 
cation for the Degree of a Council of Royal and Select Masters with 
the necessary fee attached. While making it obligatory to maintain 
membership in both chapter and council, if he is rejected in the 
council his membership in the chapter is not affected. 

The proceedings of Grand Chapter, Order of the High Priest- 
hood, Council of Royal and Select Masters and the Commandery 
are published in one volume. 

Michigan (1950) 

Grand Chapter is publishing a pamphlet jointly with the Grand 
Council and Grand Commandery which will contain an outline of 
the significance of the degrees of the Chapter Council and Com- 

Pennsylvania (1950) 

The Grand High Priest in his address has this to say,— 

"In spite of the fact that all Cryptic Masons and Knights Temp- 
lar are Royal Arch Masons, there has been no particular co-operation 
between chapters councils and commanderies in solving common 
problems, hence it is believed desirable to set up a liason between 
the bodies for mutual benefit. Each body has appointed a repre- 
sentative to what has been designated as The York Rite Educational 
and Co-ordinating Committee." 

California (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states,— 

"The Right Excellent the Grand Commander, the M.I. Grand 
Master R.&S.M. and the Grand High Priest have found solid satis- 
faction and pleasure in travelling and making visits together." 

Missouri (1951) 

The Grand High Priest informs his companions that,— 

"A conference of the Grand Commander, The Grand Master 
R.&S.M., the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and the 
Grand High Priest met on October 7 and 8th, 1951. Suggestions of 
common benefit to all were freely given and accepted by all. Quarter- 
ly meetings of Grand Chapter Officers, Grand Council and Com- 


mandery Officers are being held for the purpose of receiving reports 
and making plans to help and encouarge subordinate bodies with 
instructors and help in conferring degrees." 

Indianna (1950) 

The Grand High Priest states,— 

"The Grand Officers of Grand Commandery, Grand Council 
and Grand Chapter, formed a permanent committee consisting of 
three Grand Officers and one past Grand Officer to plan for the ad- 
vancement of the York Rite in Indianna by assisting in obtaining pe- 
titions and conducting educational programs to improve the stand- 
ard of ritualistic work and more widely spread the knowledge of 
what York Rite means to a master mason. The Grand Chapter 
authorized the employment of a full time Grand Lecturer in con- 
junction with The Grand Council of Indianna at a salary of $3200. 
per annum." 

Tennessee (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reports,— 

"That as an experiment they decided to try three York Rite Festi- 
vals, offering candidates all Chapter, Council and Commandery de- 
grees within the short space of three days. Much is to be learned 
and considerable improvement can be expected in planning, adver- 
tising arranging, etc. of such affairs but there is little doubt they can 
be made to fill a definite need in York Rite Masonry." 

Michigan (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reported,— 

"Through the combined efforts of the joint York Rite Commit- 
tee a pocket size hand book "The Story of the York Rite of Free- 
masonry" was printed and made available to Chapter, Council and 
Commandery Officers in our masonic jurisdiction for distribution to 
Master Masons." 

The Report of the York Rite committee proposes,— 

"That each constituent body be urged to appoint a York Rite 
Committee, that between now and the end of March that the local 
York Rite bodies in each locality throughout Michigan unite in hold- 
ing a joint dinner and devote the evening to a social get together. In 
March 1952 a state festival of all York Rite Bodies will be held in 
Lansing .... At least one of the degrees of each body will be con- 


ferred upon a class of candidates to be supplied by as many constitu- 
ent bodies as may care to participate." 

Nebraska (1951) 

The Grand High Priest granted a special dispensation to permit 
a joint public installation with a chapter and a council. 

Kansas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus comments,— 

"During the year many fellowship meetings have been held by 
local chapters, with lodge members, invited as special guests. These 
meetings usually opened with a dinner and short program followed 
by a lecture on York Rite Masonry by some well informed compan- 
ion. These meetings have been well attended and much interest in 
York Rite Masonry has been shown by the brethren attending. 
Several of the chapters have informed me that following one of these 
meetings a number of petitions have been received." 

South Dakota (1950) 

The Grand High Priest offers this mild opposition to the General practice of 
large classes of candidates,— 

"It is not for me to render any criticism in relation to the York 

Rite Festivals. There must be a place since competition is keen, 

especially in the large gatherings. Why should we derogate from 

our primary teachings which were individually conducted? The 

form of the ritual continues that practice, yet does the changing time 

permit such change? I want to mention that Sioux Falls No. 2, 

finds no need for it and they work every week in the year. A very 

healthy condition indeed." 


Oklahoma (1951) 

The following statements are taken from the report of the committee on 

"When we behold what havoc the scythe of time hath wrought 
we are driven to consider what manner of men we should be. The 
several degrees of masonry teaches us the sublime truths and philoso- 
phies of life here below and if they would gather strength day by day 
to continue our march toward the city which hath foundations whose 
builder and maker is God. Masonry is not a religion. He who makes 


of it a religious belief falsifies and denaturalizes it. The Brahmin, 
the Jew, the Mohammedan, the Catholic, the Protestant, each, pro- 
fessing his peculiar religion sanctified by the laws, by time and clim- 
ate must needs retain it and cannot have two religions. For social 
and sacred laws adapted to the usages, manners and prejudices of 
particular countries are the work of men. Masonry teaches and has 
preserved in their purity, the cardinal tenets of the old primitive 
faith, which underlies and are the foundation of all religions. All 
that ever existed, have had a basis of truth, and all have overlaid 
that truth with errors. The primitive truths taught by the Redeemer 
were soon corrupted and intermingled and alloyed with fictions. 
Masonry is the universal morality which is suitable to the inhabitants 
of every clime, to the man of every creed. It has taught no doctrine 
except those truths that tend directly to the well being of man; and 
those who have attempted to direct it toward useless vengeance and 
Jesuitism have merely perverted it to purposes foreign to its spirit 
and real nature. 

Mankind outgrows the sacrifices and mythologies of the child- 
hood of the world .... The progressive man roves forth ever forth 
to fresh fields and pastures new. The latter is the true mason and 
indeed the only good mason is he, who with the power of business 
does the work of life .... He whose whole life, is one great act of 
performance of Masonic duty .... Love of truth, justice, generosity 
as attributes of God must appear in a life marked by these qualities. 
That is the only effectual ordinance of masonry .... The natural 
form of Masonry is goodness, morality, living a true, just, affection- 
ate, self faithful life from the motives of a good man. It is loyal 
obedience to God's law. The good Mason ... is true to his mind, his 
conscience, heart and soul and feels small temptation to do to others 
what he would not wish to receive from them." 


Vermont (1951) 

The Grand High Priest defines leadership as follows,— 

"What are some of the essential elements of adequate leader- 
ship? Initiative .... Personality and ability. Freemasonry demands 
of each and every one of us the best we have to give .... Nothing 
short of this can meet the stern requirements of the mission we must 
fulfill .... I am not .... urging a membership drive that disregards 


quality in candidates. Quality must be first and foremost in our 
minds .... The field has been barely scratched .... Let us harrow 
it thoroughly and spread our philosophy and good fellowship in a 
much wider range." 

Maryland (1950) 

The Grand Lecturer thus again admonishes his companions,— 

"In previous reports I have stressed leadership. If Masonry is 
to continue to be a factor for good wherever it exists it must have 
capable and unselfish leaders. Leaders who are willing to work for 
the benefit of the whole .... Grand High Priest William Clark of 
Massachusetts uses a motto 'First deserve— then desire.' High Priests 
as leaders should possess the following qualifications in addition to 
the two above mentioned, thoroughness in preparation— ability to 
follow worthwhile suggestions— willingness to imitate what he ob- 
served praise-worthy in others— competence to create ideas and carry 
them through to successful conclusions— know how to act as a human 
being and treat others as such— Desire to be of service to his compan- 
ions—Practice the admonition of Mathew 7-12." 


Illinois (1951) 

The Grand Lecturer in a very comprehensive report which includes a splendid 
statistical summary of all chapter activities asks and answers this question — 

"Are our companions aware of the fact that Royal Arch Degree 
is the salient spiritual degree in Freemasonry, not accepting the de- 
gree of a master mason? When the ceremony of exaltation comes 
to an end in England, the High Priest (First Principal) congratulates 
the candidate heartily for having reached the pinnacle of Free- 
masonry in the Royal Arch which is said to be at once, the founda- 
tion and keystone of the whole Masonic structure. He goes on to 
inform him (the candidate) that the Supreme degree is not a fourth 
as some misinformed people have supposed. The book of constitu- 
tion of the United Grand Lodge of England is most definite in pro- 
claiming the fact, that, it is not even a degree but an order, one 
which is conferred on those who are already master masons and as 
such it is part and parcel of the third degree. At the union of the 
Ancient and Moderns in 1813 it was declared that 'Pure Ancient 
Masonry consists of three degrees and no more viz, Those of the 
Entered Apprentice, The Fellowcraft and the Master Mason includ- 
ing The Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch. 


McKay thinks all this lends color to the idea that at some time 
or other The Royal Arch had formed part of the Master Mason De- 
gree though when and by whom it was separated from it no one has 

Nova Scotia (1951) 

The Hiram Chapter No. 3 on the register of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons in Nova Scotia was granted its first charter 
by the Grand Chapter of Canada as No. 33 on the tenth of August 
1869 at Bolderville, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. 

Michigan (1950) 

M. E. Companion Dusenbury, General Grand High Priest made this interesting 
Historical reference,— 

"We know this from the records that in 1769 a Regiment of 
English troops came down from Nova Scotia and were located in Bos- 
ton. They organized what they called Royal Arch Lodge. When in 
Boston . . . they showed me the original petition of Paul Revere . . . 
and General Warren for the Royal Arch Degree in Royal Arch 

We know that the minutes of St. Paul's Lodge show that St. 
Paul's at Montreal, Quebec, conferred The Master Masons Degree, 
The Royal Arch and the order of Christian Knighthood in 1780. 
That was in a lodge." 

These extracts are taken from a most interesting report of the com- 
mittee on the History of the Grand Chapter of Michigan,— 

"Three important discoveries have been made. We know that 
a Royal Arch Mason was resident in Michigan at the time the first 
symbolic lodge was founded at Detroit April 27, 1764. 

We also know the names of those pioneer companions who 
served as High Priest of Monroe Chapter, No. 1 during the time 
it was under the jurisdiction of the General Grand Charter. 

J. Ross Robertson's History of Freemasonry in Canada refers 
to Adoniram Lodge, No. 18, P. R. Town of Amherstburgh 1801-1812 
and states that Brother Gott said,— 

'By the way, Captain Askin was a mason. He lived in Maiden 
and belonged to Adoniram Lodge? His widow gave an old Knight 
Templar Apron and Royal Arch Sash belonging to her husband to 


the lodge and he gave me (Gott) as a present an old silver Jewell 
which had No. 50 on it.' 

The Askin referred to is Captain Askin who was a native of 
North Ireland of Scottish descent. He was born at Strathbane, 
County Tyronne Ireland, about 1737, the oldest son of John Erskine, 
Earl of Mar .... In 1758 John Askin came to America .... 1761 
saw him established as a merchant in Albany, New York .... He 
came to Detroit in 1762 and in 1764 was at Mackinac. In 1780 he 
terminated his residence at Mackinac and transferred his family and 
business to Detroit .... He continued to live in Detroit until the 
spring of 1802 when he removed to Canada where he died in 1815. 

Unquestionably Askin was a mason in lodge No. 50 in Ireland 
before he left the old sod and we feel that undeniable proof is at 
hand that he was also a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar. 

Some interesting research is still ahead of us and perusal of the 
records of Ireland's Lodge, No. 50, should tell us much, provided 
they are still extant. That he was a Royal Arch Mason seems to be 
definite and we now claim that a Royal Arch Mason was in Michigan 
Territory as early as 1762. 

Michigan (1951) 

The report of the History Committee adds this information,— 

"There can be no doubt that such early Zion Masons as Bro. 
James McDowell and Past Master William McDowell Scott, M.D., 
and definitley many others did receive exaltation at the hands of 
Royal Arch Masons of Adoniram Lodge of Amherstburgh (Canada) 
and perhaps if the senseless cruelties of War of 1812 had not struck, 
a healthy Royal Arch Chapter might have made its advent in Detroit 
a full decade before the creation of Monroe No. 11 in 1818." 

Oregon (1951) 

Grand Chapter authorized the trustees, to order designs, select 
a design, location, raise funds, enter into a contract, erect and dedi- 
cate a suitable monument to the memory of the work of Lewis and 
Clark. Meriwether Lewis was a member of 'Door of Virtue Lodge, 
No. 44 of the Grand Jurisdiction of Virginia and was also a Royal 
Arch Mason, having been exalted in Staunton Lodge, No. 13 on 31st 
day of October 1799. He was the first Royal Arch Mason to traverse 
the soil of Oregon Country. Captain Clark became a Mason in St. 


Louis lodge, No. 1 1 1 in Louisiana Territory under the Jurisdiction 
of Pennsylvania." 

New Mexico (1951) 

Most Excellent Companion Earl E. Dusenberry, General Grand High Priest of 
the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons speaking at the annual con- 
vocation of Royal Arch Masons in New Mexico spoke thus,— 

"I wonder sometimes companions, if we really understand the 
background of Royal Arch Masonry, and what it means to every 
Master Mason who receives it in connection with his craft Masonry. 

Royal Arch Masonry is not just another Masonic organization, 
and a Royal Arch Mason is not just a member, but with responsibil- 
ities no other Mason has. Royal Arch Masonry has been handed 
down to us from time immemorial, along with Craft Masonry as an 
important part of Ancient Craft Masonry. It is the educational de- 
grees of Ancient Craft Masonry. It completes and gives to the Master 
Mason those secrets that were promised to the candidates all through 
the first degrees .... I am sure all of you know the Grand Lodge of 
New Mexico can trace its genealogy directly back to the Grand 
Lodge of England. The mother Grand Lodge of all Grand Lodges 
in the United States and Canada. The Grand Lodge of England was 
originally known as the Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons and 
so were early Grand Lodges in this country. The Grand Lodge of 
Pennsylvania, one of our great Grand Lodges, first was known as 
the Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons of Pennsylvania. 

At the beginning of the 19th century there were a number of 
new Masonic organizations which came into being .... This caused 
the Grand Lodge of England to place in their constitution a declar- 
ation of what was pure Ancient Masonry. This Declaration, which 
is today in the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of England, you can 
find it on page 16 of the 1949 edition, reads as follows: 

'Pure Ancient Masonry consists of three Degrees and no more, 
The Entered Apprentice, The Fellowcraft, The Master Mason in- 
cluding the Holy Royal Arch. 

Now . . . ., My companions, knowing the English as we do, being 
ultra conservative, especially having to do with Masonry, we are con- 
fident Our Ancient English Brethren didn't place that declaration 
in the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of England without giving it 
a great deal of study and consideration, probably months and even 
years, and they think so much of this declaration they have never 


seen fit to ammend it. Members of English lodges must be Royal 
Arch Masons before they can petition for any further Degrees and 
this includes the Scottish Rite. The Craft Lodges, and Royal Arch 
Chapters are so closely united that the Master of his Lodge is the 
First Principal of his chapter, and the Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of England is always the First Grand Principal of the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of England, the only Jewel recognized by the 
Grand Lodge of England is the jewel of the Royal Arch." How far 
companions have we strayed away from the ancient landmarks, the 
ancient heritage handed down to us by our Ancient Brethren." 

Queensland (1950) 

An excellent lecture delivered by the Grand Lecturer on "The Builders of 
Babylon", is printed in full at the end of this review.— 


Florida (1951) 

The Grand High Priest stresses this,— 

"To hear and see Royal Arch Masonry only is folly but if we ex- 
emplify our work so that the candidate may be strongly impressed, 
then only The Great I Am, can stop them from becoming active 
.... Of course they all can't become officers but they can be active 
committee men and may give their views on different matters to 
strengthen our cause and make harmony prevail .... Your officers 
do not run your chapter but lead it and promote harmony, teach- 
ing earnest philosophy and virtue which all need. To you past 
High Priests do not try to run your chapters but act in an advisory 
capacity. You have had your day and your experiences are inval- 
uable to your new officers. Put the men on the side lines to work 
and make them work and enjoy it at the same time." 

California (1951) 

The Grand High Priest has this to say,— 

"We have made great strides in our efforts to make our chapters 
not so much bigger and better but better and then bigger. We know 
if they are better they inevitably will be bigger. 

Washington (1951) 

The Grand High Priest expresses disappointment,— 

"The net increase in members is not what I expected but at least 


we are moving forward. I would urge that we set a goal of 15000 
Royal Arch Masons by 1955. Surely we can equal the percentage of 
Royal Arch Masons to Blue Lodge Masons in our neighbouring 
Jurisdictions instead of being at the end of the list." 

Alberta (1951) 

The Grand First Principal reports,— 

It is very gratifying to report an increase in membership especial- 
ly if the emphasis has been placed on quality rather than quantity. If 
we can increase our members by the aquisition of members who will 
be an asset to our organization, then will this new blood give life and 
zest to the accomplishment of our ideals. Our Chapters will flourish. 
We shall be fully justified in our enthusiasm for Royal Arch 
Masonry. Let us strive to make our organization better and bigger, 
with greater emphasis placed on the better." 

British Columbia (1951) 

The Grand First Principal states,— 

"I am of the opinion there is still a vast field open for securing 
suitable material for Royal Arch Masonry. Although additions to 
our ranks are desirable it should not be forgotten that whilst re- 
ceiving petitions and conferring degrees are important, capitular 
Masonry has to offer valuable spiritual lessons conducive to making 
better men and better masons. With the chapter being busily en- 
gaged in the conferring degrees, the eductational side of Royal Arch 
Masonry has been neglected. I would therefore urge that more time 
be devoted to this necessary part of our activities." 


Alabama (1950) 

A resolution was adopted increasing the per capita dues to Grand 
Chapter to $1.00 per year but permits individual chapters to exempt 
Ministers of the Gospel and Rabbis when engaged in their work. 

Illinois (1951) 

The Grand High Priest makes this timely observation — 

"The amount of money that comes into a chapter from fees and 
dues fluctuates with the times or the degree of prosperity and cannot 
safely be counted on to pay fixed expenses. It has been my thought 


for many years that Masonry has been priced too low. We, who 
know something about it, prize it highly so that its present cost 
seems to be ridiculously low. It is neither the first cost nor the up- 
keep that cools the ardor of the novitiate. It is the apparent apathy 
of the member and the fact that it did not cost much anyway. The 
fees should be regulated according to the degree of prosperity of the 
community in which the chapter is held." 

Arizona (1950) 

Grand Chapter provided for life memberships on a sliding scale 
of fees and will permit chapters to grant life memberships after 35 
years membership. All such fees shall be invested and only the in- 
come shall be transferred to the general funds. 

Maine (1951) 

The Grand High Priest expresses alarm,— 

"The dark side of the financial picture is indicated in continued 
unpaid dues. Forty of our chapters are facing increased amount 
over last year. Either we are not pursuing the proper methods of 
collecting this indebtedness or we are carrying members who are 
indifferent to the prosperity of our organization." 

Nebraska (1950) 

Grand Chapter changed its bylaws in connection with members annual dues,— 

"On or before thirty days before the last convocation in the year, 
the secretary is to notify the members requesting payment of dues. 
If the member fails to pay on or before December 31, he is automatic- 
ally suspended." 

Victoria (1951) 

It is noted that this Supreme Grand Chapter does not suspend 
for non payment of dues but excludes from the chapter. It is further 
noted that only 25 members in the entire jurisdiction were so dis- 
ciplined and six had the exclusion removed. Exclusion from the 
Mark and Craft Lodge automatically excludes a companion from 
the chapter. 




The Grand High Priest advises,— 

"Grand Representatives should be more than titles and names as 
such listed in the red book. Their attendance in Grand Chapter 
should be reasonably frequent or they fail in their duty to their 
constitutents. Further a failure to report to their Grand Chapters 
precludes the possibility of forming new friendships and shows lack 
of appreciation of the honor bestowed. Non attendance for three 
years has been deemed ample and sufficient cause for suggested 

Washington (1951) 

The Grand High Priest in welcoming the Grand Representatives hopes,— 

"I trust that each of you have during the past year corresponded 
with your Grand Jurisdiction because that is the only method which 
we have of keeping touch with neighbouring jurisdictions. If you 
haven't I am going to charge you right now, that when you get home 
from this Grand Convocation, you will write to your representative 
or your grand Secretary of the Grand Jurisdiction giving him the 
high lights of this Grand Convocation." 

District of Columbia (1951) 

"The Grand High Priest recommends that where a Grand Re- 
presentative of another Grand Chapter near this Grand Chapter has 
been absent from three successive Grand Chapter Convocations with- 
out reasonable excuse his commission should be lifted and a new 
representative appointed. 

The Roll of Grand Representatives was called at the annual 
convocation and 29 responded. Reports were given by nearly all 
Grand Representatives present. 

Iowa (1951) 

At the reception of the Grand Representatives, the Grand High 
Priest gave each representative the opportunity to report from the 
jurisdiction represented. 

Alberta (1951) 

The Grand First Principal says,— 

"I would like to say a word or two regarding Grand Represent- 


atives; The duties are not onerous but are of great importance. You 
are charged with the responsibility of representing the Grand Juris- 
diction to which you have been assigned and to make a report of 
those happenings which may be worth while to the Grand Juris- 
diction. The pleasures to be derived from this personal association 
are numerous. For your own satisfaction as well as for the benefit of 
Capitular Masonry you should endeavour to use these channels of 
fraternity as much as possible." 

Victoria (1951) 

The First Grand Principal drew attention to rule 45 of the book of 

"If a representative shall fail to attend the convocation of Grand 
Chapter for two years unless excused by the First Grand Principal 
it shall be the duty of the First Grand Principal to request that a new 
representative be made. It would seem that unless a Grand Repre- 
sentative tenders reasonable excuse for his absence his retirement at 
the end of two years continued absence becomes automatic and the 
appointment of a new representative in his stead should occasion 
no surprise. Loyalty to the constitution ought to prompt the resig- 
nation of a Grand Representative who finds himself unable to faith- 
fully discharge the duty for which he has been chosen and so relieve 
the committee of General Purposes of the responsibility of asking the 
First Grand Principal to enforce the rule regarding retirement." 

Kentucky (1951) 

In the list of Grand Representatives shown in the proceedings, 
the absence of a representative is noted by asterisks showing each 
years absence from a Grand Convocation. 

Oregon (1951) 

Grand Chapter adopted a resolution to the effect that if a 
Grand Representative is absent from Grand Convocation for a 
period of three years or removes from the jurisdiction he shall be 
replaced . 


Wisconsin (1951) 

Grand Chapter has sponsored the Order of De Molay for over 
29 years. Over 3000 Wisconsin youths in 27 chapters are being 


guided and assisted in building a foundation on the righteous teach- 
ings of youth, in the home, in the church, and in the school. A 
clean mind in a clean body is the best preparation for clean man- 
hood on which clean citizenship depends. 

Rhode Island (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reports that the camp sponsored by 
Grand Chapter for the De Molay boys was so successful that he 
recommends an assessment of twenty-five cents be assessed each year 
on every Royal Arch Mason for the support of the Grand Royal 
Arch Project. 

Nova Scotia (1951) 

In order to support more effectively the work of the order of 
De Molay, Grand Chapter has submitted a request to the Grand 
Lodge of Nova Scotia for permission to use the Lodge rooms for this 


Georgia (1951) 

As a mark of appreciation Grand Chapter elected and installed 
the Grand Secretary W. J. Penn, Jr., as a Grand High Priest. 

South Dakota (1950) 

The Grand High Priest recommends that an official rew r ard of 
merit be conferred on those deserving companions who have held 
no elective office in Grand Chapter. 

Kentucky (1951) 

Grand Chapter has instituted an Award of Merit for those 
Royal Arch Masons who have signed the top line of three petitions. 

Delaware (1951) 

Grand Chapter has a meritorious award system based on a point 
system. Points are awarded for securing new members, and candi- 
dates, degree work, rehearsal attendance, and special services. Points 
are cumulative. The awards are beautiful engraved certificates bear- 
ing the recipients name. 



New York (1950) 

The Grand High Priest welcomed visiting companions thus,— 

"Over the approach to a castle in England are these words. 
'Welcome to all who enter this gate. None come too soon, none stay 
too late.' "We trust that each one, from the newest High Priest to 
our most distinguished visitor, may find something worthy of their 
time and effort during this session." 


Pennsylvania (1950) 

The Grand High Priest reminds us that,— 

"No chapter is financially able to compensate its secretary for 
the work that he should do at current commercial rates, conse- 
quently theirs is a labor of love with only token compensation . . . 
The secretary is not primarily a dues collecting agency. Unless he is 
diligent and performs his functions with vigor yet tempered with 
tact, the chapter suffers and ultimately is in financial difficulty." 


Ohio (1950) 

The Grand High Priest has this commendation, 

"The activity of our chapter of Research is entitled to the close 
attention of our companions. The two volumes now issued by this 
chapter are real gems of Masonic History .... Again I recommend 
that every chapter in Ohio have from two to five members who be- 
long to this chapter. Two or three meetings could be used in going 
over the articles produced by the chapter of research. 


Louisiana (1950) 

The Grand High Priest thus endorses plural membership,— 

"I am heartily in favour of plural membership. During the past 
year several of our companions have applied for plural membership. 
.... This enabled them to become members of other chapters who 
were in need of assistance, to work with them as officers and mem- 


bers and to start them off again on the road to success while retain- 
ing . . . membership in their parent chapter." 

Grand Chapter amended its constitution to permit Plural 
memberships but prohibited holding office in more than one chapter. 


Ohio (1950) 

The Grand High Priest recommended,— 

"That a committee on proceedings be appointed in each chap- 
ter whose work it would be to go through our annual proceedings 
and select those portions that should be presented and discussed. I 
believe this would make an interesting and informative program and 
that every chapter that follows such a program would derive profit 
and pleasure therefrom." 

Iowa (1951) 

The proceedings of Grand Chapter are profusely illustrated 
with numerous group and individual photographs. 

Tennessee (1951) 

Brief Biographical sketches of the lives of all past Grand High 
Priests are incorporated in the annual proceedings. 


Tennessee (1951) 

The committee on jurisprudence recommended,— 

"The provision for the establishment of an employee retirement 

fund for any employee who has reached the age of 65 years 

after 15 years service with Grand Chapter or shared such service 
with any other Grand Body. The funds for this purpose to be raised 
by a grant from Grand Chapter and 10% of the fees and dues re- 
ceived for the past fiscal year and for succeeding years until the fund 
has reached an economical basis. 


Michigan (1950) 

Grand Chapter ammended its constitution in order to permit an 
in lieu convocation because of war or other emergencies, limiting 


attendance to Grand Chapter Officers, Past Grand High Priests and 
the standing committees. No new legislation shall be enacted and 
no person not already holding office shall be elected to office. 

District of Columbia (1951) 

Grand Chapter abolished the office of Deputy High Priest in 
order to shorten the line in harmony with the action of General 
Grand Chapter. 


Manitoba (1951) 

Grand Chapter decided in the interests of uniformity that all 
regalia for constituent chapters be ordered through the office of the 
Grand Scribe Ezra (Grand Secretary). 


Washington (1951) 

The Grand High Priest mentions a special event worthy of attention,— 

"At the outdoor conference of the Mark Master degree in the 
quarry at Tenimo on August 5th, 1950, a total of 61 candidates 
received the degree. Twenty chapters were represented. It was 
truly a wonderful affair and it is now an annual event." 

Iowa (1951) 

McCord Chapter No. 5 was granted a dispensation to hold a 
meeting in an open air quarry. Sentinels were posted and every 
one in attendance was properly vouched for. Four candidates re- 
ceived the Mark Master Degree. The success of the meeting is 
manifested by the desire to make it an annual event. 

Idaho (1951) 

The Grand Chapter was called from labor to repose to receive 
a visit from the Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern 

Missouri (1951) 

In addition to a very interesting topical review a short Masonic 
encyclopaedia is included in the proceedings. 


Ireland (1950) 

It may be of interest to note that the Grand Officers of Grand 
Chapter are, Most Excellent Grand King, Grand High Priest, Grand 
Chief Scribe, Grand Treasurer and Grand Registrar, and that the 
presiding officer in a District Grand Chapter is Grand First Principal 

British Columbia (1951) 

Grand Chapter passed a resolution expressing their loyalty to 
His Most Gracious Majesty, King George the Sixth, Her Majesty 
Queen Elizabeth, The Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose and 
the other members of the Royal Family. 

Queensland (1950) 

A newly elected First Grand Principal M. E. Companion Pollard 
was installed as First Grand Principal. The previous incumbent in 
the office had served faithfully and well for twenty years. 

New Hampshire (1951) 

Grand Chapter approved a recommendation by the Grand High 
Priest that a committeee be appointed to make a study of and submit 
to Grand Chapter a system that will make it possible for each con- 
stituent chapter to be represented in its turn in the line of the pro- 
gressive Grand Officers should they so desire. 


New York (1951) 

Grand Chapter operates a special fund to assist companions who 
are suffering from tuberclosis. The individual chapters contribute 
to this fund at Christmas time. 


Grand Chapter furnished the kitchen of the Silver Anniversary 
Hall for girls at the Masonic Home for children. 


The Royal Arch Masons in the jurisdiction are justly proud of 
their splendid Masonic Home. 



Grand Chapter made a substantial donation to the Masonic 
Home endowment fund. 

District of Columbia 

Grand Chapter co-operates with Grand Lodge in the operation 
of a blood bank. 


Grand Chapter arranged to assist a blind student and made a 
contribution to the Blind School in Tuscan. 


The Grand High Priest made this recommendation — 

"I find that cancer is a predominating disease causing suffering 
to rich and poor and I know of no charity more deserving of our 
assistance." He recommends that the incoming Grand High Priest 
formulate such plans and that the necessary funds be set aside for 
this purpose. 


Grand Chapter voted a considerable sum of money towards The 
Old Masons Home and a Widows and Orphans home which are 
operated jointly by Grand Lodge and Grand Chapters. 

New Zealand 

Grand Chapter sponsors Jubilee scholarships and is now assist- 
ing in the education of eight students in High schools and colleges. 

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Published by the courteous permission of the 

Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 

An Address by 


First Grand Principal 

of the 


at the Quarterly Convocation 19th July, 1950 


In presenting to you a few historical notes about Zerubbabel 
I am again following the example of the late Lord Ampthill, late 
Pro. First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Eng- 
land. In commencing the idea of short talks at the Grand Convo- 
cation in England he gave an address on Zerubbabel, which took but 
seven minutes in its delivery. 

Zerubbabel, as we know, was the son of Shealtiel, and Grandson 
of King Jehoiakin, King of Judah, who, in the year 597 B.C. (after 
a reign of less than four months), was carried into Babylonian cap- 
tivity with 10,000 of his subjects by Nebuchadnezzar, one of the 
greatest monarchs of the ancient world. 

The Hebrew signification of the name Zerubbabel is given as 
"begotten in Babylon." 

Comp. Laxon Sweet, a Past Principal of the Author's Chapter, 
said of Zerubbabel, "Born, no doubt in the stirring and exciting 
times, when the exploits and conquests of Cyrus the Persian astoun- 
ded the then known world, he was as a youth caught up in the enthus- 
iasm of that small band of his people who believed that Cyrus was 
the Messiah destined at Jehovah's instigation to deliver them and 
their race from the Babylonian yoke." 

Cyrus, who had been referred to as God's shepherd by Isaiah, 
had become imbued with a knowledge of the true religion as a result 
of the prophesies of Isaiah and his conversations with the prophet 
Daniel and other Jewish captives of learning and piety. 


"Accordingly", says Josephus, "and earnest desire and ambition 
seized upon him to fulfil the prophesy concerning him, so he called 
for the most eminent Jews that were in Babylon, and told them that 
he gave them leave to go back to their own country, and to rebuild 
the City of Jerusalem and the Temple of God." He then in the year 
538 B.C., issued the royal edict that constituted the starting point of 
the tradition of the Holy Royal Arch (see Ezra; ch.l v. 1), and so 
in the following year we find a brave band of Jewish pioneers under- 
taking the arduous adventure of returning to Jerusalem under the 
leadership of Sheshbazzar or Shenabazzar. It may be that Shesh- 
bazzar was either the Babylonian or Persian name of Zerubbabel. 

In the epistle sent by Cyrus to the Syrian Governors, in which 
he informed them of the permission he had given to the Jews, he 
said, "I have sent my treasurer and Zorobabel, the Governor of the 
Jews, that they may lay the foundations of the Temple." 

In the Second chapter of Ezra, verse 2., it is stated that Zerub- 
babel with others, went up out of the captivity and in the next 
chapter we read, "When the seventh month was come then stood up 
Jeshua and his brethren and the priests, and Zerubbabel, the son of 
Shealtiell, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of 
Israel." And later we also read, "In the second year of their coming 
into Jerusalem, namely, the year 535 B.C., they 'set forward the work 
of the House of the Lord." Objection :to the work was then taken by 
a number of adversaries, who persuaded the successor of Cyrus to 
countermand the royal edict, and the work ceased for about fifteen 
years, until the second year of the reign of Darius, King of Persia. 
In the meantime Zerubbabel, who was an old friend of Darius, had 
evidently returned to Babylon, and had become a member of the 
King's bodyguard. It was then that the interesting story about 
Zerubbabel given in Esdras originated, a story which has been 
dramatized in one of the allied degrees. It is one of the most 
picturesque incidents of ancient history and tradition which are re- 
corded in the Bible, History and tradition, on which the Apocryphra 
of the Old Testament throws many valuable sidelights. In the third 
and fourth chapters of the first book of Esdras is given the vivid 
narrative of the unique contest of wits in which Zerubbabel tri- 
umphed and by thus gaining the King's favour, attained to a position 
of influence which enabled him to get permission to return to Jeru- 
salem and resume the work of rebuilding the Temple and Holy 


Briefly, King Darius had retired to bed after a great feast, and 
three officers of his bodyguard agreed together upon a contest of 
wits. The account given in Esdras states that each of them was to 
speak a sentence, write it down, seal it, and place the written sent- 
ence under the King's pillow. When the King rose from his slumbers 
the sentences were handed to him, and it was arranged that the King 
and his court should decide which of them had said the wisest thing, 
and the winner was to be rewarded with the most signal marks of 
Royal favour. 

The First wrote "Wine is the stronger", the second wrote "The 
King is the strongest", and the third who was Zerubbabel wrote "Wo- 
men are the strongest, but above all things Truth beareth away the 
victory." As Lord Ampthill correctly claimed, "To appreciate the 
worth of the story from a literary, philosophical and ethical point of 
view, it should be read in the actual text of the Apocraphra." 

Each contestant brilliantly argued their respective propositions 
before the King, sitting in the Royal seat of judgment and attended 
by the Princes of Persia and Media, and all the officers of state. Zer- 
ubbabel was the last to speak and arguing his case he displayed al- 
most incredible courage, for he dared to make some personal allu- 
sions to the King's weakness, where a woman was concerned. The 
King and Princes showed signs of uneasiness, and without doubt 
their wrath would have descended in some terrible form upon the 
presumptuous young man if he had not instantly switched off to a 
splendid conclusion and peroration about Truth. The great climax 
of his oration swept the whole assembly off their feet, and all the 
people shouted "Great is the truth and mighty above all things." 

(The translation of that phrase in the Vulgate is the familiar 
saying, "Magna est Veritas et praevalebit"). 

The fortune of Zebrubbabel was made, and among other priv- 
ileges, he was able to call the King his "cousin." It is interesting 
to note in passing that that notion survives to this day seeing that 
a man on whom the king has conferred a title of nobility is addressed 
by His Majesty in the Patent of Office as "his trusty and well beloved 
cousin." But the greatest privilege was the granting of his request to 
be allowed to complete the work of rebuilding the Temple and 
Holy City. 

Some say this story is a fable, but even if *that be so, it is as 
much a part of the history of the ancient people as are stories about 


King Alfred and the burnt cakes, and King Canute and the waves 
of the tide. 

And now I conclude by quoting the words used by Lord Amp- 
thill in completing his chat: "It is interesting to Freemasons that 
such championship of Truth, one of the three Grand Principles on 
which our Order is founded, should be attributed to one of our great 

What food for thought there is as we look back, across the vista 
of twenty-four centuries on this picture of a new starting point for an 
ancient people on that eternal quest for truth, on which mankind 
has ever been engaged." 


Published by the Courteous Permission of the 

Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 

An Address by 


Second Grand Principal of the 


at the Quarterly Convocation on the 18th October, 1950. 


The average man is not very much concerned with history as 
such, except in-so-far as it awakens a response in his own feelings 
and aspirations. I don't propose, therefore, to give the political 
background of the Babylonian exile of the Jews, but just to stress a 
few human values. Such values live on down the centuries in stories 
and legends which the real historian discards, but which, because of 
their human appeal, stick in the minds of ordinary men while great 
movements and policies are either unknown or forgotten. 

At the July convocation of this Grand Chapter, we heard the 
story of Zerubbabel, given by the most Eminent First Grand Princi- 
pal, the moving legend of Zerubbabel's incredible courage in argu- 
ing a case before the Persian conqueror Darius, when he did not 
scruple to underline the King's weakness for women in order to 
prove his thesis that Truth is the strongest and must at last prevail. 
In consequence of this, it was said, Zerubbabel won the King's fav- 
our, and was granted his wish to return to Jerusalem to continue the 
work of rebuilding the second Temple. However, if any previous 
work had been done to restore the building, there is no evidence of 
it when the story of Haggai begins. 

Nearly 20 years before in 538 B.C., Cyrus, the King, had issued a 
decree granting permission to the exiled Jews to return. But the 
men of Judah were strangely like ourselves. Most of them were 
securely settled in Babylonia whether they or their fathers had come 
as captives about half a century earlier, and the permission to return 
to their former country was not widely accepted by them. Following 
the advice of Jeremiah they had settled down. 


They had good homes; they tilled rich, well-watered lands along 
the Tigris or the Euphrates; many of them had prospered in busi- 
ness, and they were, on the whole, not badly treated. Why then 
they argued, should they make the sacrifices involved in moving, face 
hardships of the long desert journey and the difficulties of a new 
colonization in a land where life was more arduous, agriculture more 
diffiicult in the drought-stricken areas of Palestine, and where busi- 
ness opportunities were fewer. So only those whose hearts were 
filled with zeal for the worship of the God of their fathers, or with 
old patriotic or religious yearnings, undertook the long return jour- 
ney. It was another very human circumstance, also, that the diffi- 
culties and heartbreaks of their homecoming blunted the enthusiasm 
of most. They busied themselves with their own private affairs in 
a grim struggle to repatriate themselves, and the rebuilding of the 
Temple was not, apparently, very seriously put in hand. 

Much of the story of the first 18 years after their return is veiled 
in darkness. Only a few scattered references occur in the V.S.L. to 
the happenings of those early difficult years, except it is certain that 
the glorious promises of Isaiah of what would happen were not 
fulfilled. The returned exiles, instead, were beset with frustrations 
due to droughts, shortages of all kinds, the jealousies of their kins- 
men who had been left behind in Jerusalem and had not shared 
the exile, and the constant attacks of warlike neighbours. 

It was about this period about 520 B.C., when despair was pre- 
valent, that the prophet Haggai lights up the scene. 

Have you ever met a man, Companions, who was obsessed with 
one compelling idea, a man who, in season and out of season, could 
think of nothing else but the one— to him— all absorbing subject. 
Such a man was Haggai. 

We know very little more about him than the information given 
in his own tiny prophesy— just two short chapters in the V.S.L. But 
it is full of light upon his character and purpose. He had only one 
object in view; that of securing the rebuilding of the Temple. 

Apparently, as I have said, little or nothing had been done 
during the 18 years since the first exiles returned, and the weary 
struggle for existence had seemingly made the people lose their 
faith in God. 

Read the two chapters of Haggai when you get home, and see 


for yourselves his singleness of purpose, his burning words of con- 
demnation for sloth and selfishness, of exhortation to get busy, and 
of encouragement and hope for the project in hand. 

That his greatest problem was the reluctance of the people 
themselves to do the work that lay to their hands is implied in his 
bitter words, "The people say the time is not come, the time that 
the Lord's House should be built." 

He agrees with them that God had not come back to Jerusalem 
With them as they had hoped, but he tells them it is their own fault. 
"Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this 
house lie waste?" 

"Now therefore thus sayeth the Lord of Hosts; consider your 

"Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not 
enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, 
but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages to put into a 
bag with holes." 

"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts." Consider your ways." "Go up 
to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will 
take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord." 

"Ye looked for much, and lo, it came to little; and when ye 
brought it home I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of Hosts. 
Because mine house that is waste, and ye run every man into his 
own house." 

"Therefore the Heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the 
earth is stayed from her fruit." 

Haggai's impassioned argument is clear. How could God dwell 
with His people and bless their selfish labours when they had not 
bothered to provide even a home for God? 

His appeal, made on the 1st day of the sixth month of the 2nd 
year of the reign of Darius, met with instant response headed by 
Zerubbabel, who was not only governor of Judah appointed by the 
Persians, but also a Prince of the people because he was of the Royal 
line of David, and by Joshua or Jeshua, the High Priest, they set to 
work, and by the 24th of the same month the foundation was laid. 

Then Haggai fired them again with another speech reminding 
them, "I am with you, saith the Lord of Hosts." 


A month later when it was evident that the building would be 
poor in comparison with that of the former temple of King Solomon, 
and the people were discouraged, Haggai urged them on with brave 
words of hope and encouragement. 

"Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? 
And how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of 
it as nothing." 

"Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, 
O Joshua, son of Josedech, the High Priest; and be strong all ye 
people of the land, Saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, 
said the Lord of Hosts." . . . 

"Fear ye not" . . . "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, 
saith the Lord of Hosts." 

"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, 
saith the Lord of Hosts; and in this place will I give peace, saith the 
Lord of Hosts." 

These are more than brave words. Haggai's whole hearted 
faith that God would Himself provide for the beauty and splendour 
of His Temple shines through them. And apparently he had more 
in mind than material splendour. He was thinking, as well, of the 
influence the Temple would have in the world, for it would be 
the means of bringing peace to the people. 

Have we not the same wistful hope after 24 centuries that only 
through spiritual values and means can peace be won and kept. 

Haggai's solitary concern was the rebuilding of the temple. But 
though the builders were perhaps few, and most of them "the resi- 
due of the people"— that is those who had remained behind from the 
exile— he would not have the unworthy take any part. So he discusses 
and rejects an offer of help from the Samaritans, fearing that an "un- 
clean" element would contaminate the work. 

Haggai was no great prophet, but he was a man imbued with a 
great ideal, and whose eagerness and enthusiasm are still refreshing. 
It is surely in his ideal that we derive the real purpose, and the 
underlying principle of the Royal Arch. 

Haggai called the people from their preoccupation with ma- 


terial things to a realization that all their troubles were due to their 
forgetfulness of God. 

With unswerving devotion and burning zeal he offered them 
no other solution to their difficulties than to renew their faith 
in the God of their fathers, and to serve Him in spirit and in truth. 

So when a Freemason has learned all the moral lessons em- 
bodied in the 3 Craft Degrees; when he has made his daily advance 
in Masonic knowledge, and has explored, so far as he can, the hidden 
mysteries of nature and science; when he has learned and has prac- 
ticed his duty to his neighbour and to himself, there yet remains 
the most important— nay the only— thing that really matters. That 
is to discover his true relation to his God. Without this, the Masonic 
Circle is not, and cannot be complete. That is why the Grand 
Lodge of England at the time of the Union defined pure, ancient 
Masonry to consist of the three Craft Degrees together with the Holy 
Royal Arch, and that is why, because it represents the last and final 
step, the Royal Arch is so truly denominated "the essence of Free- 

It is not too much to say that the undaunted spirit and un- 
swerving purpose of obscure Haggai distilled this essence into our 


Published by the Courteous Permission of the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 

An address by 


Third Grand Principal 


on llth of January, 1951 


The character I have to talk about is Jeshua. 

Jeshua was the son of Josedeck, born during the captivity at 
Babylon. He was the First High Priest after the return, a fellow 
worker with Ezra and Nehemiah. 

It is written of him that he discharged his all important duties 
with ability and faithfulness at a time of extreme difficulty and in 
face of many perils. 

Jeshua undoubtedly had a reputation of being one of the great 
est High Priests of the Jewish hierachy, but his reputation certainly 
did not rest on the spoken or written word. 

He was preached at and hectored or bullied by prophet and 
scribe and intrigued against by his brethren, but not a single word 
of his, either in defence or attack has come down to us. 

In Masonry, and in many other institutions, actions are con- 
sidered greater than words. 

Jeshua was essentially a man of action. 

Jeshua's family history was somewhat tragic ,and there seems 
to be a vein of tragedy running through his life. 

His grandfather, the High Priest when Jerusalem was captured 
and destroyed, was butchered by order of Nebuchadnezzar. 

His father was carried captive to Babylon— Jeshua was born in 
captivity. His upbringing was that of an exile, always tragic, but 


especially to a Hebrew. But his life as an exile was not all tragedy: 
it was both interesting and stirring. 

Nebuchadnezzar was not only a great conqueror, a great de- 
stroyer; he was also a great builder and a patron of the arts. 

Jeshua probably saw the rebuilding of the magnificent Royal 
Palace, and watched the construction of the famous Hanging Gard- 
en on its terraced platform, one of the seven wonders of the world. 
He saw Babylon's culture carried far and wide, and witnessed the 
birth of science and astrology. Later he watched the rise of Cyrus, 
the all-conquering King of Persia: The defeat of the Babylonian 
Hosts, and the entry in state into the City of Babylon. 

But always there must have been in his heart the longing to 
return to the land of his fathers. One can easily imagine that he 
hailed with joy the famous proclamation of Cyrus, "All the King- 
doms of earth hath the Lord God of Heaven given me, and He hath 
charged me to build Him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judea. 
Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God, be 
with him and let him go up." » 

Jeshua would no doubt be inspired with fervency and zeal and 
as one of the leaders of the exiles he joined the enormous caravan 
which set out for Judea laden with the golden and silver vessels of 
the temple and other valuable property restored to their rightful 
owners by order of the King. 

By Masonic tradition we are told that during the captivity, the 
Jews had continued the ceremonies of the fraternity, and had several 
lodges especially one at Naharda, on the Euphrates. Therefore, no 
sooner had they arrived at their destination than they erected a tem- 
porary Tabernacle, and called a council in which Zerubbabel pre- 
sided as King, Jeshua as High Priest and Haggai as Scribe or Prin- 
cipal officer of state; and it was by them determined to begin re- 
building the temple on the foundations of the structure of Solomon. 

Having arrived at Jerusalem Jeshua naturally took a leading 
part, in conjunction with Zerubbabel in the erection of the altar of 
burnt offering, and officiated as High Priest. 

Thus began a brief period of triumph. Masons and carpenters 
were ordered to prepare the stones and timber for the building. 

About the beginning of the second year after the return, the 


foundation of the Temple was laid by Zerubbabel, the Grand Master 
of the Jewish Masons, assisted by Jeshua the High Priest, as Senior 
Grand Warden, with great rejoicing and praise to God. 

As Royal Arch Masons we are naturally interested in the stories 
surrounding the preparation for, and the foundations of the Temple, 
and I have been tempted to include in this talk words from an 
epitome on the antiquity of Masonry. Briefly about the foundation 
stone. The Masonic foundation stone is said to have been inscrib- 
ed with the awful name or word which was confided to the perfect 
Master when he arrived at the highest dignity of the science. It is 
supposed to have been a stone placed within the foundations of 
Solomon's Temple and afterwards on the rebuilding of the temple 
by Zerubbabel, it was transported to the Holy of Holies. Its form 
was a perfect cube, having inscribed on its upper face, within the 
Delta, or triangle, the sacred Tetragrammaton, or ineffable name of 
the Deity. 

The Toldeth, Jeshua says. "At that time (the era of Jeshua) 
there was in the house of the sanctuary, a stone of foundation, which 
is the very stone that our Father Jacob annointed with oil, as is 
described in the 28th Ch. of Genesis." 

The legend is that Adam possessed this stone while in the gard- 
en of Eden. He used it as an altar, and carried it with him on his 
emergence into the world, and that Seth received it from him. Noah 
preserved it in the ark, and left it on Mount Aarat where Abraham 
found it. His Grandson Jacob took it with him on his flight to his 
Uncle Laban in Mesopotamia, and used it as a pillow, when he had 
his celebrated vision near Luz. The history of the stone here 
becomes very indistinct, but one legend asserts that Jeremiah, es- 
caping with a Jewish Princess, took it to Spain, and thence it was 
brought to Ireland, and that one of the Dalraid kings conveyed it to 
Scotland and finally it was transported by Edward I, from Scone to 
Westminster Abbey, where until a few weeks ago it was in that place 
as the coronation stone (Note it has once again after a mysterious 
disappearance been restored to the Abbey). 

However returning to the subject of Jeshua. When the foun- 
dation was laid by Zerubbabel and Jeshua, it was a time of great re- 
joicing and it is recorded that the weeping of those that recalled the 
glory of the former Temple was drowned by the joyous shouts of 
the mass of the people. 


Jeshua's career thus reached its zenith, but soon the note of 
tragedy crept in. Dissensions, plots and many troubles super- 
vened, and Jeshua was not permitted to see the completion of his 
great work. 

His closing days must have been sad, family affairs were not 
all harmony. His sons had taken unto themselves strange wives, and 
were rebuked by the prophet Ezra. Even in the vision of Zechariah 
he appeared a tragic figure. He was pictured as clothed in filthy 
garments, accused before The Most High by Satan, but acquitted 
and given rule in Jehovah's house. 

Nevertheless, he was always an important figure, the High 
Priest and ruler of the People. 

When the Jews brought offerings of gold and silver from Baby- 
lon the prophet was ordered by the Most High to make crowns for 
Zerubbabel and Jeshua and to place Zerubbabel as King on the 
throne and Jeshua by his side. "The Council of Peace shall be be- 
tween them both." 

Zerubbabel was enjoined to maintan good understanding with 

About three miles west of Bagdad, on the Euphrates Road, in a 
grove of trees, stands the shrine and tomb of Nabi Yusha or Kohen 
Yusha. It is the Sepulchre of Jeshua the son of Josedeck, the High 


Reprinted by the kind permission of 
The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland 


A lecture by R. Ex. Comp. B. G. Patterson, P.G.J. , Grand Lecturer 
The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland 

Professor Henry Steele Commager, of Columbia University, 
in a recently published article on Architecture, enunciates what he 
regards as two "fundamental ideas": firstly that form must express 
function and function determine form; and, secondly, that "archi- 
tecture can have no significance unless it faithfully reflects the life 
of a people." It is with the latter of these two hypothesis that we 
are immediately concerned, for others who have written on Archi- 
tecture have in various ways said very much the same thing; for 
example, "The style of a period is the practical expression of its 
culture .... If a style does not penetrate and determine every form 
of life and living, then it is not authentic and will not live." 
Obviously we have here a means by which we can learn something 
about the builders of past ages; and it will perhaps profit us to 
notice in a backward glance how faithfully the life and culture of 
bygone times are mirrored in edifices that were erected by contemp- 
orary craftsmen, in order that we may venture upon conclusions 
regarding people who lived in the remote past, and about whom we 
could wish to know more than we do. 

It is a little unfortunate that, as we look backwards, the 
Victorian Age comes first under our notice, for it had been said 
of the Architects of the last century that they "'had got out of touch 
with life, and had forgotten what architecture was for." Yet even 
the unkindly critic who says this— an enthusiastic admirer of all 
that is modern; and of the concrete, metal, glass, sheeting, and 
synthetic stone in which architects now build— would doubtless 
admit that the "Gothic Revivalists" and the designers of "buildings 
dressed up in fancy costumes borrowed from the past," do to some 
extent suggest a rugged individualism "which thought of persons 
as isolated individuals without regard to the respect in which they 
are parts of a social whole," and a time when the idea of "laissez- 
faire" was applied to more than economic problems. Even some 
of the minor idiosyncrasies of the age are suggested— public conven- 
iencies built to look like Greek temples, and sewer ventilators having 


the form of Egyptian obelisks are no more than manifestations of 
the "niceness" of those days, which blushed at the mention of a 
singlet and sewed pantalettes to the bare legs of a drawing room 

We can— and without doubt we should— pay more attention to 
the age that preceded it— to the age that Mathew Arnold once 
called "our age of prose and reason, our excellent and most in- 
despensible Eighteenth Century." Here there is no reason to draw 
our conclusions from a medley of Architectural styles and from edi- 
fices that belong to no style at all. It was an age when a single 
style prevailed; for not merely buildings, but "whole streets and 
towns of the period remain as proof of the virtue of consistency and 
uniformity." (I quot from J. M. Richard's book). "In the eighteenth 
century, this quality of consistency was closely bound up with the 
social structure. The educated class was a small one numerically, but 
it was still the ruling class, and it took an active interest in 

There was therefore only one source of style, only one mould 
of fashion. The uniform pattern of architecture of which we have 
been speaking was handed down from the aristocratic patron, and 
the private architect whom he took under his wing, to every builder 
and small provincial architect, who educated themselves in the 
rules prescribed from above, with the aid of innumerable books 
filled with engravings of architectural types and details that were 
published for their guidance." Our old friend Dr. James Anderson 
assures us that this style prevailed because it alone met with the 
approval of those whom he calls the "polite nations." The age of 
the heroic couplet of the stately prose of Addison and Gibbon, of 
full-bottomed wigs, perukes, lace ruffles, silk stockings and red- 
heeled shoes, could not feel comfortable in any domiciles save those 
built in manner that had been prescribed for them by these aristo- 
cratic arbiters of taste. 

This Georgian period is of more than passing interest to us 
who are members of the Craft. At the beginning of it, a number 
of sturdy practitioners of the art of building according to these 
rules took a passive, yet important, part in the matter of forming 
our first Grand Lodge. And at the close of it, a worthy Brother 
in distress (for we may reasonably assume that a sentence of trans- 
portation to New South Wales for a period of fourteen years would 
cause him a certain measure of distress) was doing his best to beautify 


his temporary place of abode with work equally conformable to 
these same rules. For Francis Greenway, having assured Governor 
MacQuarie that "Architecture was an art which in all ages princes 
and potentates had delighted to encourage as one of the greatest 
importance to their subjects and best calculated to convey to poster- 
ity the elegance, skill and magnificance of the times in which they 
flourished," had the position of Colonial Architect conferred upon 
him by that "potentate"; to the annoyance of his convict labourers, 
who found him an exacting taskmaster, and to the concern of the 
authorities in England, who looked askance at his ambitious plans 
for a place which they intended to be merely a gaol; but to the satis- 
faction of "L. Macquarie, Esquire, Governor," who was thus able 
to leave behind him buildings which are to this day among the 
architectural glories of old New South Wales. 

In the Eighteenth Century, however, benign and kindly culture 
was not as thoroughly diffused as it might have been; behind grace- 
full Georgian terraces and colonnades there were often unsightly 
slums, and the coming of the Nineteenth Century did not effect an 
immediate improvement in that part of the world where Greenway 
exercised his art. His treatment at the hands of his Brethren of a 
Military Lodge in Sydney, though exceedingly unpleasant for him, 
is quite convenient for us in helping us in our conspectus. (To be 
brief, he was violently beaten by the irate Master of the lodge for 
being dilatory in supplying a Master's apron— for artists, and not 
outfitters, attended to such matters in those days. And the manner 
in which the Brethren of the lodge approved, suggests that their 
brotherliness— like Georgian stucco— was rather superficial. In one 
way and another, the dictum of the New York professor seems 
to apply ). 

We look farther back into the past; and we notice how our 
historians emphasize the extent to which the medieval Gothic mir- 
rors the ardent faith of the middle ages. In France, indeed, many 
ancient cathedrals are not merely symbols of this faith; they are the 
result of it, representing communal effort on the part of the popu- 
lace, who shared actively in the work of building. 

"How shall we describe the enthusiasm of the multitude when 
they saw "kneeling afar off in their robes of Stone" the dwelling 
destined for God? "A spectacle wonderful to behold, incredible to 
relate," we read in the chronicles of the abbots of St. Trond, "these 
multitudes who, so zealously and joyfully, brought the stones, lime, 


sand and wood necessary for the work; night and day in carts at 
their own expense. As large stones were not found in the district, 
they brought them from distant parts. The shafts of columns 
came from Worms, in boats which came down the Rhine as far as 
Cologne, whence they were carried from village to village, without 
help of oxen or mules dragged by men's arms. They took them 
across the Meuse without any bridge by means of ropes tied to them, 
and so material came to us to the sound of canticles." 

And the edifice they erected was one which (in the words of 
the French Historian from whom I am quoting) "responds to the 
ideals and beliefs of the time" and is "always in harmony with the 
surroundings for which it has been made, and in harmony with the 
men who came to pray in it." 

But this is not all. The age was not always worshipful, nor 
always devout. Reckless violence, and lawlessness, and evil were 
at times in evidence— faithfully reflected in the castles and fortresses 
of which usually only the ruins remain to-day. The dictum seems 
still to apply 

Rome may have been indebted to Greece for the graceful 
beauty that her public buildings possessed; but her wonderful en- 
gineering construction— her roads, bridges and aqueducts— were 
peculiarly and particularly her own. So too were structures like 
Hadrian's Pantheon, with its enormous concrete dome (concrete, 
be it noted, not reinforced concrete) 140 feet across; and the mau- 
soleum of Theodric, the Ostrogothic admirer of all things Roman, 
on which the builders have superimposed a massive domed roof 
weighing 470 tons, cut from a single block of marble. Ones does not 
need to read Roman history to conjecture what the men were like 
who carried out these works. 

It is the culture of ancient Greece, however, that most clearly 
demonstrates the truth of what this American authority has said: 
here truly is the life of a people reflected in their architecture: 
"Man in his long evolution has grown from hunter to shepherd, 
from shepherd to farmer, and from farmer to citizen. Architecture, 
in the sense of great public buildings, shows that he has reached 
the last stage; the stage in which he understands the pride of race and 
city, enjoys a settled life in a community held together by a definite 
religion, and aims at giving durable form to the highest things he 


knows and feels .... Greek building asserts the clear, sunny and 
rational balance of free and self-respecting human life." 

I think this preamble suffices: you will, I trust, concede that 
it is not wholly illogical to examine the architecture of a civilization 
even more ancient than that of Greece, and to deduce from our ex- 
amination what we can regarding the culture of this ancient people 
—the people of the Land of Babylon. 

We ought to feel some interest in them, although— so emphati- 
cally and so frequently has it been impressed upon us that Specu- 
lative Masonry derives solely from Ancient Egypt and the Egyptian 
Mysteries— it is with some diffidence that I suggest to you that 
ancient Babylon is also important. For this is what Mackay the 
Encyclopaedist has to say about Egypt: 

There, truth was first veiled in allegory, and the Dogmas of 
Religion were first imparted under symbolic form. From Egypt— 
"the land of the winged globe" — the land of science and phil- 
osophy, "peerless for stately tombs and magnificent temples— the 
land whose civilization was old and mature before other nations, 
since called to empire, had a name"— this system of symbols was 
disseminated through Greece and Rome and other countries of 
Europe and Asia, giving origin, through many intermediate steps, 
to that mysterious association which is now represented by the in- 
stitution of Freemasonry. To Egypt therefore the Freemasons have 
always looked with peculiar interest as the cradle of that mysterious 
science of symbolism whose peculiar modes of teaching they alone, of 
all modern institutions, have preserved to the present day. 

All this, except the suggestion that the civilization of Egypt is 
the oldest known to history, may be true enough; but it seems to 
refer more particularly to Symbolic— or "Blue"— Masonry. The de- 
grees in which we are interested, however, since they are worked 
under the charters of this Grand Chapter: The Royal Arch Series, 
the Lodge and Council Series and the Cryptic Council Series- 
should look, I submit, to Babylon rather than to Egypt. 

For if we are prepared to admit that masonry is a very ancient 
institution, disagreeing with those who assert "there was nothing 
worth calling Masonry before 1717," we must also recognize that it 
has two head-streams, one taking its rise in Egypt, and the other in 
Babylon. And though the waters from these two streams mingled 
and flowed together through many centuries, in modern times 


there has been a searation, and what comes to us from Egypt is to 
be found largely in the first three degrees, whilst what has been 
derived from Babylon seems to have made its way into our "Red" 
Degrees. There has not been a clear-cut division, it is true, but there 
has been division sufficient to make Babylonia of peculiar import- 
ance to us. 

Before going further, however, it is necessary to touch upon 
one point. There are some who will say; "After all what does 
it matter, for did not Babylonian civilization come from Egypt?" and 
these people can even quote authorities in support of their con- 
tention. But in recent times new evidence has become available 
from year to year, and these authorities are now out of date. Dr. 
Morris Jastrow, an authority of commanding eminence, says of 

Babylonia: "We have evidence , albeit not conclusive, that 

a high order of civilization first developed in that region. Its 
only possible rival is Egypt, and the indications at present are that 
while the actual beginners of Egyptian civilization may be further 
back than the Euphratean culture, yet Babylonia takes precedence 
in the unfolding of an advanced form of cultural achievement." 

Dr. Jastrow wrote in 1915, and later explorations have deprived 
ardent admirers of the land of the Pharoahs of even the poor 
comfort they can derive from his guarded statement; for we read 
in Seton Lloyd's book (which made its appearance in 1947) that 
traces were found a few years ago of pre-Sumerian culture almost 
10,000 years old, whilst Egyptologists are apparently not prepared 
to carry the story of Egypt back much beyond 6,000 B.C. Egypt 
and Babylonia were in contact with one another in far off times, 
but culturally each developed independently of the other. 

In the early history of the Tigress— Euphrates Valley although 
there was continuity in the life and civilization of the land, rulers 
and ruling nations changed. But we are not concerned with these 
changes, and we can conveniently speak of a "Babylonian" civiliz- 
ation; implying thereby a culture which began in Sumerian, or even 
pre-Sumerian, times, which gave rise to that of Assyria, Persia, and 
Media, and which influenced surrounding nations and nations that 
came later into history. For the great importance of Babylonian 
civilization has been realized only within comparatively recent years. 
(One notices that there has not yet been time to devise a word to 
describe those who devote themselves to its study. We have "Egypto- 
logists" and "Assyriologists," but there are no "Babyloniologists"). 


Consider, then, how largely this land and this civilization enter 
into "Red Masonry." 

We include the Royal Ark Mariner's Degree among those we 
work; and the Deluge Legend, handed down by oral tradition from 
the most remote times until it was committed to writing by the 
scribes who were responsible for the Pentateuch; comes from the 
Euphrates Valley, where a number of versions of the story have been 
preserved in Babylonian literature, the oldest version having been 
impressed in cuneiform script on clay tablets more than 4,000 years 
ago. Furthermore, Sir Leonard Woolley and other archeologists assert 
that it was in this valley that the Flood actually occurred, for they 
have found artifracts of a primitive people (who do not appear to 
have survived the catastrophe) overlain by a thick bed of alluvial silt, 
apparently deposited by a flood of unusual magnitude. 

And of the other degrees that we work, three are supposed to 
take place in the Land of Captivity, two others are concerned with 
people who have just come from it, another with captives who are 
on their way to it. It is clearly impossible to assert that Babylon 
does not concern us. 

But the historical background of these degrees is not of as 
great importance to us (as) are their symbolism and teachings; and 
therefore we ask: did Babylonian lands make any appreciable 
contribution there- to? 

Directly, perhaps, they contributed little; indirectly they con- 
tributed much. For this ancient civilization undoubtedly influenced 
the descendents of the people who followed Moses and Joshua from 
Egypt into a land which had once been a Babylonian province and 
which for many centuries was far more closely in touch with the 
powerful nations to the east of it, than it was with Egypt. A list 
might be compiled of symbols and ceremonies that seem to have 
come, either directly or indirectly, from Babylonia, but such a 
compilation would be quite overshadowed by the fact that Kabbal- 
ism had its origin here, and that the S.W. itself, which was brought 
to the West by the Kabbalists, was based on what they learned 
here. It is claimed that the Babylonians invented the Arch, but 
even this is trivial in comparison with the Word. 

These, then, are the people whom I suggest we should con- 
sider as builders. And they were a people who built in brick. 

Their architecture was dependent on the nature of the 


countries. In the alluvial plain no stone was procurable, clay on 
the other hand, was everywhere. All buildings, accordingly, were 
constructed of clay bricks baked in the sun and bonded together 
with cement of the same material; their roofs were of wood, sup- 
ported, not infrequently, by the stems of palms. The palm stems, in 
time, became pillars; and Babylonia was thus the birthplace of 
columnar architecture. 

The employment of brick had a very direct effect upon the 
character of Babylonian architecture. Thick walls supported by 
buttresses and devoid of sculpture, were necessitated by it. The 
buildings of Babylonia were eternally plain and flat: masses of 
brick were piled up in the form of towers, or else built into long 
lines of wall of unbroken monotony. Yet these stupendous masses 
of brickwork were impressive. Grace, beauty and elegance might 
be lacking, but they were, as Layard testifies, most awe-inspiring. 

The quotation given above on the civilization of Greece would 
suggest that we confine our enquiries to the architecture of "great 
public buildings." But I should like to refer here to what Sir 
Leonard Woolley has to say about Sumerian domestic architecture, 
in his book about Ur. He makes it quite clear that these Sumerians 
troubled themselves not one whit about the external appearance 
of their dwelling places, though they achieved a comfort and con- 
venience such that a modern Iraqi family would find one of their 
houses, even though it was built 5,000 years ago, to be what house 
agents would call "an eminently desirious residence." It was not 
that these people, who lived so long ago, were ignorant of art; or 
unappreciative of it. Seton Lloyd writes regarding statues found 
by French excavators in the ancient Sumerian city of Lagash: 

Here at last, resurrected from the remote past, were masterpieces 
of art which could be assessed on their own merits 'independently 
of any question of their age or school, of the sources from which 
they sprang, of the conditions which helped to shape them and of 
the traditions which they embody'. ... It must suffice here to say 
that in aesthetic expression alone they rival the work of almost 
any period in the history of art. 

In later ages, it is true, the Assyrians with vain-glorious osten- 
tation were to adorn the exteriors of their massive buildings with 
sculptures and decorative title-work, but these earlier inhabitants 
of the Mesopotamian plain required nothing of the sort. The most 


modernistic architects could not be more sternly utilitarian or more 
severely "functional" than were these builders of the past. Their 
style, as one writer has said, was clean, straight forward, and free 
from pretence." It does not require the thousands of inscribed 
tablets that have been excavated and deciphered— records of sales, 
loans, leases, hire agreements, gifts, partnerships, guarantees and 
business transactions of every kind— to tell us that these people were 
shrewd, precise, and practical. 

Yet these people— so intensely practical and so exceedingly 
matter of fact— seem always to have made a huge and imposing 
temple the most important building in their cities. Often it was 
more than a temple; it was a sacred quarter with numerous sanctu- 
aries and other buildings. Inscriptions that have been deciphered 
let us see that the temple administration was most elaborate: 
over thirty different kinds of priests are recorded— high priests, 
diviners, anointers, musicians, singers, libationists, oracles, sacri- 
fices, teachers, scribes, and so on— yet all this elaboration does not 
assure us of the importance of religion in their lives as does the 
imposing massiveness of the great temples they built. A humble 
structure standing unobtrusively on the outskirts of the city would 
have served well enough as a temple had their religion meant little 
to them; but they were a serious-minded people, and it is pleasing 
to think that the germ that was someday to develop into the Royal 
Arch had its origin among them. 

To one feature of their temple building, however, particular 
attention should be directed. Near to the temple and within the 
sacred quarter there was usually a temple stage-tower, or "ziggurat," 
the stories of which varied from two to seven stages, one set upon the 
other and each succeeding stage being somewhat smaller until the 
top was reached. Woolley believes these towers were used in the 
annual fertility sacrifices, when a priest and a priestess, who for one 
year had been given Royal rank, were the sacrificial victims. But 
if he is correct, it is clear that the ziggurat would have been used 
for these ceremonies only once in a year. And therefore we should 
note what Dr. Jastrow has to say about them: 

The tower represents a mountain in miniature and is 

to be explained as an endeavour on the part of a people coming 
from a mountain home to reproduce in their new surroundings the 
belief which placed the seat of the gods on mountain tops. 
It should not surprise us who (giving to the words a meaning quite 


different from that which the Psalmist meant them to convey) sing 
in our church services. 

I to the Kills will lift mine eyes 

From whence doth come mine aid ..... that, long ago, there 
were men who believed that the gods they worshipped dwelt on 
mountain tops. But we cannot help admiring the ingenious way 
in which they provided for their mountain— dwelling gods when 
they migrated from their own mountain lands down to the flat 
Mesopotamian plain. 

These gods, however, were not supposed to remain continually 
in the sanctuaries built for them on the tops of these stage- towers. 
Up to the top (or rather, down from the top) of each tower was a 
spiralling inclined path. Down this path the god of the Ziggurat 
was supposed to come from time to time in order that he might 
move about among his worshippers who lived in the city below him. 
The idea of a god who could descend to be with his people was 
continually in the minds of these men. 

It was to this land that the Jews came as captives. In every 
city where they lived there were these stage towers, and the exiles 
could not fail to be impressed with the idea they conveyed. And 
thus it was that when the prophets who came back from the Land 
of Captivity prophesied about One who was to come, they spoke to 
a people to whom the idea of a God who would descend and dwell 
among men was in no way strange. 

The Royal Arch is the Degree of a Word. "And the Word was 
God", we read: 

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," we also 
read. If men saw nothing hard in that, was it not because in times 
that even then were remote, other men had grasped the lesson that 
was taught them ere Cyrus the King "had released them from their 
long captivity?" 

"Babylonian architecture", we are told, "certainly had a great 
significance, for it not only reflected the contemporary human life, 
but in addition, besides being the foundation of the development 
of future generations, it also represented the foundations of their 

We are also told that "the intellect of Babylon and Assyria 


exerted a more than passing influence on that of the Hebrews, not 
merely touching it, but entering deep into it, and leaving its own 
impression upon it." 

And of the Hebrews we are told that they were "a peculiar 
people, practical yet mystical, strongly of the world yet finding 
their chief solace in those things which are not of the World." 

And because Royal Arch Masonry, which owes so much to 
Hebrew thought, is a Degree of Things Spiritual, "having nought to 
offer to those who care not to realize their spiritual potentialities, 
but affording illumination and encouragement to the earnest seeker 
after the Divine," we are able to trace our way back, step by step, 
to ages long past, and to the builders of Babylon. 


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